A dental implant is a titanium “root” used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a “root-form”) and are placed within the bone (end- being the Greek prefix for “in” and osseous referring to “bone”). The bone of the jaw accepts and forms more bone to attach around the titanium post.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits tooth movement without reciprocal action.
The implant placement itself is done at the oral surgeon office. Your dentist at Qualicum Dental works closely with the oral surgeon to ensure you will be a successful candidate and designing placement of the implant. Your dentist then works directly with you through the healing stages, and the making of the crown, bridge or dentures on top of the implant.
A successful candidate for an implant must have adequate bone level or consider bone grafting. Hygiene should be good and be a patient patient. It takes about 2-6 months of time for bone to adhere firmly around the implant prior to making the crown, bridge or denture; as until then it cannot support the load of chewing. Also most dental plans do not cover the fees of the implant but may cover or a percentage of the implant supported crown, bridge or denture fees.