A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. It can be a single tooth, bridge or even to hold in a denture. The first step is replacing the tooth root with a small titanium implant into the jaw bone. Once the bone integrates and is well healed, the implant is fitted with an abutment and then eventually fitted with a crown. The process may take up to 6 months to allow for proper healing and a successful implant.
Implants are also used to anchor a denture. This makes every day activities such as eating and talking easier than with a traditional denture.