Dental Implant Placement
Placement of Dental Implants to Support Planned Restorations.
Dental implants are one of the most exciting advances in replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a small screw usually composed of titanium that can be used to support many types of dental restorations to replace missing teeth. The implant simulates the root of a tooth and is put into the bone, usually allowed to heal for a few months and then fit with the appropriate components to support the planned restoration. Each situation requiring a dental implant dictates the steps necessary for the implant placement. In all cases, a dental implant requires solid, healthy bone in sufficient quantity and at the right location to build the desired restoration. Dental implants can be used to support a single tooth, multiple teeth like in a dental bridge, a removable appliance and even a complete set of teeth. They are even being used to help with orthodontic appliances during tooth movement. The number and ideal location for the implants can be determined from clinical records and from an interactive discussion between a restoring dentist, the implant placing surgeon and an interested patient.