How Dental Implants Work
Evaluation and Planning
The first step is a thorough dentist or oral surgeon evaluation to assess the patient’s oral health, bone density, and suitability for dental implants.
This may involve dental X-rays, 3D imaging, and impressions of the teeth and jaws.
The dental implant procedure is typically performed in multiple stages.
First, a small titanium post resembling a screw is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the foundation or root for the artificial tooth.
After the implant placement, a process called osseointegration takes place.
Over several months, the jawbone fuses with the implant, providing a stable and secure base.
Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implant.
The abutment extends above the gum line and connects the implant and the artificial tooth.
Crown or Prosthesis Attachment
Finally, a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant restoration.
The artificial tooth is designed to match the surrounding natural teeth’ color, shape, and size, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.