Dental implants are made of titanium alloy, the most bio-compatible metal available. The implants are placed in the bone, anchoring whatever the patient’s general dentist plans for tooth replacement. These implants can be used to replace a single tooth (or multiple teeth), support fixed bridges, and they can serve as a foundation to stabilize conventional dentures or partial dentures.
In the most traditional sense, implants were placed into well-healed extraction sites after four to six months of bone healing. In most cases now, we are able to place implants into a fresh extraction site on the same day the tooth is removed, thus speeding up the entire process.
There are very few contraindications that would prevent a patient from being a candidate for implants. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most well-qualified professionals to evaluate your case, always working in a team approach with your general dentist.