Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are a fixed solution to a single missing tooth or an entire jaw of missing teeth. After an implant is placed into the jaw bone, it is allowed to heal for several months to become integrated within the bone. After healing, the implant is ready to restore. Impressions of the mouth are made, and models are made upon which the restorations are fabricated. A post is attached to the implant using a screw. The diagram shows how the implant, post and screw attach together
Once the post has been attached to the implant and secured into place, the implant supported restoration can be completed. A crown is made to attach to the post. The crown is made using metal and/or porcelain and is made to closely replicate the shape and color of the natural tooth. Once the crown has been adjusted, it is attached to the post using a screw, or it can be cemented onto the post. The diagram shows how the crown fits over the post. Implant therapy can take a few months and several appointments to complete, however, the final restoration can be almost like having your own tooth back!