The loss of a tooth can be a source of concern, especially if the tooth is in the esthetic area! As clinicians we like to offer acceptable solutions to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is indicated when neighbouring teeth are healthy, and we are loath to cut them down for a bridge, for example.
Single or multiple teeth can be replaced predictably due to significant progress in research of dental implant materials. Implants are manufactured from titanium and designs and surfaces vary greatly.
Modern dental implants make use of osseointegration, the biologic process where bone fuses tightly to the surface of specific materials such as titanium. The integration of implant and bone can support physical loads for decades without failure.
Dental implants are suitable for anyone missing a tooth, except adolescents whose jawbone is still growing.
Anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. You will be asked to complete a medical history and to confirm your physical well-being.