A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant is anchored in the jaw bone serving as an anchor for replacement of teeth. Implants are generally made of pure titanium and bond to bone, a phenomenon known as “osseointegration.” This bond is very strong and durable over time
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth, many missing teeth or as posts to support loose dentures; as well the implant preserves the integrity of the bone and facial structure. Implants do not damage adjacent teeth like bridges can and they are not loose like dentures.
There are three components; the implant, the abutment, and the crown. Dr. French places the implant fixture and the restorative Dentist usually places the abutment and crown.
Implants typically have survival rates about 95-98% and can last over 25 years. Despite high survival it is important that each case be evaluated carefully as failures can occur. The degree of difficulty for each case varies and can affect survival rate. If the case is not treated properly then a failing implant can cause bone loss. It is thus very important that the surgeon has done a comprehensive exam and developed a suitable treatment plan, as well the surgeon should have experience and training to match the level of case complexity.
Dr. French is a Registered Specialist in Periodontics. Dr French evaluates his implant results over long term follow up to provide you with evidence based planning by implant site and case type.