Replacing a tooth

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacements for a missing tooth. Osseointegrated implants can be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality and are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient – which offers a completely natural appearance and whole new smile.

Dental implants are strong and stable and allow you to eat most foods, depending on the type of implant restoration.

They look and generally feel like your own natural teeth.

They give you back your smile.

Restoring a tooth

Fixed Bridge

Replacing a single tooth can be achieved with a conventional bridge or an implant retained crown. The conventional fixed partial denture (fixed bridge) requires that your dentist drills down two or more adjacent teeth to create space for the crowns of the prosthetic teeth. Placing a bridge on natural teeth increases the functional forces that are placed upon them and makes the use of floss between the teeth more difficult. Conventional bridges may need to be replaced if the supporting teeth develop cavities or periodontal disease.

Implant Crown

An implant single tooth restoration avoids the need to restore the adjacent teeth and also replaces the support that is lost with the missing tooth. This allows normal flossing as if the replacement implant were a natural tooth. An implant is placed in the position of the missing tooth. When the implant is stable and ready for restoration, an abutment can be attached to the implant that will connect the final crown to the implant. An impression is made to record the contours of the abutment or the position of the implant top and then a crown is fabricated and fixed in place using cement or screws. An implant crown is not susceptible to cavities but may develop complications if oral hygiene is not maintained.

How are dental implants placed?

Most dental implant surgery procedures are performed in the dentist’s office and occasionally in a hospital setting.

Local anesthesia is usually adequate for these out-patient procedures, but various other forms of patient sedation may also be used (such as nitrous oxide, oral and/or intravenous sedation). Adjunctive surgical procedures, such as bone augmentation, may be performed as separate procedures or at the same time as implant placement. Each surgical procedure is different depending on the clinical situation as well the preferences of the patient and dental practitioner/surgeon.

What is the overall success rate for dental implants?

Despite decades of clinical and scientist research, dental implant do not have a 100% success rate.

However, the success rates have improved dramatically since the introduction of dental implant surgery and the dental profession can proudly report success rates well above 90% for most implant patients.

When a dental implant has not successfully integrated, it may need to be removed, as it cannot easily be “converted” to osseointegrate. Your dentist will give you best advice about this.

A replacement implant can be placed but may require some months of healing time and possibly bone augmentation (repair by means of grafting). Likewise, if a previously placed implant has lost significant amounts of supporting bone, there are currently no treatments that can predictably restore the lost bone after it has been in function in the mouth.

How long does it take for implants to heal?

Healing times for implants vary depending on the quality of the patient’s bone and are often are extended in cases where performing adjunctive procedures is necessary. In general, dental implants require two to four months for bone to heal (without being exposed to extra forces from biting).

Research into mechanisms of bone attachment to titanium has improved the healing process to the point that some implant manufacturers can claim greatly shortened healing times for their products (but this is generally not the norm). In recent years, research has demonstrated that in certain controlled circumstances, dentist can immediately load implants (connect prosthetic teeth) either the same day or shortly after they have been placed.

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Un implante dental es un reemplazo prostético de un diente faltante. Los implantes osteointegrados pueden ser usados para colocar dientes protésicos de diseño y color adecuados al esmalte natural de cada paciente – con lo cual se ofrece una apariencia completamente natural y una nueva sonrisa.

Los implantes dentales son fuertes y estables, te permiten comer la mayoría de alimentos, dependiendo del tipo de restauración.


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A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist on a crown and natural root. The crown is a visible part covered by white enamel.


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If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants are an excellent treatment option. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Congenital absence
  • Dental disease
  • Caries or periodontal diseases
  • Mechanical failure