Dental implants are used as an alternative to bridges to replace lost tooth/teeth. A titanium implant is set in the toothless area of the jawbone. The jawbone fuses with the titanium surface providing a strong anchorage for the implant. The implant functions as a support for the dental prosthesis – like a ceramic crown – constructed over it. Whether for a single tooth or replacement of all of a patient’s teeth, dental implants are now recognized as standard treatment for a complete range of teeth problems.
The dental implant procedure begins with a thorough diagnosis and treatment planning. A recipient site is created in the jawbone with drilling instruments and the implant is inserted into it. In most cases, a healing period of 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. After this healing period, the prosthesis is constructed over the implant.