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What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

Missing teeth? No problem. A dental implant is a way to replace an empty void that may be leaving you self-conscious about your smile. Whether the vacant spot is due to a sports injury, facial trauma, periodontal complication, or bad oral hygiene, it can fill the vacancy permanently and give you a boost of confidence. So, what exactly is a dental implant?

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

  • Dental implants act as a replacement for the roots of a tooth. Metaphorically speaking, they can be the anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures and are screwed into the jaw bone to provide support for replacement teeth. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line.
  • Dental implants resemble the shape of screws and once placed into the jawbone, will naturally bond with your natural bone to provide a strong base for artificial teeth.
  • Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures done in dentistry.
  • Dental implants will be the next best thing you’ll have to healthy and natural teeth.
  • A dental implant is dependent on the oral health of the person undergoing treatment. There needs to be healthy tissue in the mouth and enough jaw bone to support these dental implants.
  • After undergoing a dental implant procedure, keeping the structures healthy and clean should be done precisely and with attention to detail. This will help to maintain and ensure the long-term success of the treatment and the oral health of your mouth.

How do Dental Implants Work?

Dental Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown.

  1. In replacing the tooth, we start by placing a small titanium implant into the jawbone which acts as the new root. We then allow some time for the jawbone surrounding the dental implant to heal.
  2. Next, an abutment (support post) is placed on top of the implant
  3. Then a new replacement crown (part that you eat with) is placed on top of the abutment.

Roll over the hot buttons on the image to get a better understanding of the anatomy of a dental implant.

Dental Implant graphic

Titanium Implant

Your oral surgeon places this piece into your jawbone. It acts as your new tooth root.


This is the support post, connecting the implant to the crown.


Your dentist will create this crown, designed to match the rest of your teeth in color and size for the most natural appearance.

Don’t let a missing tooth or teeth stop you from living a full life without limits. Laugh and smile, indulge in foods without restriction, and most importantly, feel comfortable in your own skin. Call us to find out how a dental implant can be beneficial to you and the overall health of your teeth. What have you got to lose? Call us today!

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