Dental implant technology allows for the replacement of missing teeth by supporting crowns and bridges with dental implants. Dental implants are a preferred alternative to dentures when replacing teeth that cannot be restored predictably. Implants can be used to support a range of restorations from a single-tooth crown to a complete arch of teeth.
Dental implants and abutments are made of a high-grade titanium alloy and the crowns are usually made of a precious metal-fused-to-porcelain or an aesthetic all-ceramic material. Suitability for dental implants can be determined and relate to general medical health, adequate hygiene, sufficient bone volume and quality in the relevant areas of the jaw. A 3D cone-beam xray is usually required to determine the quantity and quality of bone available.