What exactly are Dental Implants? Dental implants are a term which have entered the vernacular, but some people may not know what they are. We will attempt to have dental implants explained in simple terms.

The term Dental Implant usually refers to several different components, which together, serve to replace missing teeth. The two major components are the Fxture and the Restoration or Prosthesis.

The Dental Implant Fixture is typically titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The fixture acts as the foundation on which the Restoration replacing the missing tooth is built. A minor surgery is necessary to place the dental implant.

Once the bone has grown around and fused to the titanium anchor, an impression is made to register the position, angulation and depth of the implant fixture. This can be done with either a conventional impression or a digital scan. This is then used to fabricate the definitive restoration.

The restoration may either be  a single crown,  a bridge or a denture. The type of restoration would depend on the number of missing teeth and the number of dental implants which have been placed.

A small retaining screw is used to connect the restoration to the dental implant. All these components are stacked together to replace the missing tooth.

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