Before development of the dental tooth implant, dentures were the only alternative to replacing missing teeth.
Now, new dental implants are often the best course of treatment. Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a tooth implant, however. For a successful dental implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict adherence to proper oral hygiene habits.
The dental implants used in Dr. Hardt's office are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
The Dental Implant Process
Part of the tooth implant process requires a necessary surgery to prepare the area for the implant before placing it in the mouth. This surgery installs a post upon which the implant will be placed. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.