A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement that is used in prosthetic dentistry to support restorations (crowns) that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Implants can be thought of as screws or metal posts that are placed into the bone of your upper or lower jaw. After the bone has had time to bind to the implant (usually 4-6 months), a crown can be made that will sit on top of the implant.
If the patient’s jaw does not have sufficient bone for an implant, bone augmentation/bone development is necessary. Bone can be taken from the patient’s own body or bone graft materials can be used to build the bone for implant placement.