What is an implant? An implant, sometimes referred to as synthetic root, is a titanium cylinder structure placed into the upper or lower jawbone where a patient has lost a tooth or teeth.
An implant can either be used to support permanent teeth like crowns or bridges, or it can support removable teeth commonly referred to as partial or full dentures.
In permanent teeth restorations a single implant can be used to replace one missing tooth or multiple implants can be used to replace several teeth. For example, if a patient were to fracture a tooth that cannot be fixed an implant can be placed into the space of the broken tooth, then a crown (a synthetic tooth) can be screwed or cemented to the supporting implant structure.
This crown will look, feel and function just as the natural tooth did. We can also place many implants and even entire dentitions of teeth if someone has lost all of their teeth – see more information under implant dentures.