What are dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root and essentially establishes a foundation for a tooth or teeth to be affixed to where previously there was none.
What is involved?
A small hole is prepared in the jaw bone into which the artificial root or implant is placed. A ‘healing cap’ is then placed over the implant.
With time, the dental implant will ‘integrate’ or fuse with the bone. Once this healing process is completed over a period of 3-6months, a crown or a bridge or an attachment for a denture can be placed over the implant.
It is now also possible to replace a tooth at the time of extraction and these are called `immediate` implants.
In some cases however, especially where there is very little bone present, dental implants may not be suitable. In these situations, other treatment options may be more appropriate.