People who have teeth that are broken, decayed, crowded or have been lost due to trauma or gum disease might be candidates for dental implants. These are crowns made to fit the teeth that are found both at the front and back of the mouth. Most are meant to be permanent because they’re affixed to a post that the oral surgeon embeds in the jawbone, though in some cases the patient can remove the implant themselves. Dental implant crowns can be made from a variety of materials, though oral surgeons mostly use posts made of titanium or zirconia. Both are strong, biocompatible and able to fuse well with the bone.

Information. Though conventional implants only involve one prosthetic tooth at a time, implants can also be used to secure dentures and bridges if the patient has more than one missing tooth. The oral surgeon has a choice of when to place the dental implant. It can be placed right after the tooth is extracted, it can be placed between two weeks and three months after the tooth is extracted, or it can be placed after three months. This is called a late extraction. The surgeon also has the option of placing the crown, abutment and post all at the same time. This is called immediate loading. The surgeon can also wait to place the crown until after the post is integrated with the jawbone.