Dental Implants are much like a natural tooth, which has a root in your jawbone, topped by a crown that you can see. When you need an implant, Dr. Zuerlein inserts a titanium post beneath your gum and into the bone. It fuses to the bone in your jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. Then Dr. Zuerlein makes a replacement crown on the titanium post, designed to blend in with the way your teeth look and feel.
Dental implants also can be used to anchor dentures or bridges.
Advantages of implants:
- An implant is most similar to a natural tooth
- Adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the placement procedure
- Implants may decrease or help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss