A dental implant procedure is a dental operation to replace a missing tooth. Unlike dentures, which are false teeth that you can easily remove, dental implants are placed in your jawbone in a series of minor operations.
A dental implant is a piece of metal that looks like a screw. It is put into the jaw where the missing tooth’s roots were. Over time, bone grows around the implant, which helps to hold it in place.
An artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the metal to fill in the gap left by the missing tooth. The crown is specially made to look like your other teeth in size, shape and colour.
Dental implants can also be used to hold a dental bridge or dentures in place.
If you have one or more teeth that are missing, having a dental implant might be an option for replacing the missing teeth. In general, a dental implant might be suitable if you:
- have a fully grown, healthy jawbone
- don’t have gum disease
- don’t have conditions that affect bone healing
Your dentist will discuss with you whether a dental implant procedure is suitable for you.