What is a dental implant?
Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants can provide a permanent solution that will let you smile, laugh and enjoy your favorite foods with confidence. Dental implants are specially-made titanium screws placed in the jawbone to serve as a firm foundation for a new tooth or denture that looks and feels completely natural.
What steps are involved in getting an implant?
If you recently lost a tooth or have full or partial dentures, you might want to consider a dental implant. Getting an implant is basically a three part process:
- An anchor- a titanium screw- is embedded in the jaw bone.
- a post is inserted into the anchor to hold an artificial tooth.
- The artificial tooth is attached to the post.
How permanent are dental implants?
Most implants should last a lifetime. Over the past 30 years, thousands of implants remain in place and still function like natural teeth. Thommen is a leading manufacturer of implant systems and has sponsored over twenty clinical studies to track implant patients.