A dental implant is used when gum disease or traumatic injury to the mouth makes it difficult to use alternative means of repairing a tooth. The dental implant usually takes the form of a screw implanted directly into the jaw to support an artificial tooth.
Once an implant is secured into or onto the jawbone, a patient will generally wait some time while the bone grows around the implant. Once the healing process is complete, an artificial tooth is inserted into the mouth and anchored using the dental implant.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of a patient’s teeth.