Nobody wants to lose a tooth. However, sometimes it´s unavoidable and a replacement is needed. Traditionally, missing teeth were replaced with fixed bridges or removable partial dentures.
Today, dental implants are a viable treatment option for many patients. Instead of reducing adjacent teeth to place a fixed bridge, a threaded metal post can be surgically inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing. After a time of healing, new bone grows around the post, securing it to the bone. A matching part of the implant – a special type of screw, threaded to mate perfectly with the implanted post – is screwed into the post, forming a solid foundation for a crown. The three parts – the implanted part, the mated part and the crown – effectively replace the missing tooth, providing an esthetic and conservative alternative to traditional crown and bridgework.