Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.

A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.


Placement of dental implants is a complex dental procedure that involves several steps. It’s important to note that dental implant procedures should only be performed by trained and experienced dental professionals. Here are the general steps involved in the placement of dental implants:
  • Comprehensive Examination: The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your oral health, including X-rays, scans, and possibly a 3D CT scan. This helps in assessing the bone quality, quantity, and location for implant placement.
  • Treatment Plan: Based on the examination, the dentist will create a customized treatment plan. This plan considers factors like the number and location of implants needed, the type of restoration (crown, bridge, denture), and any additional procedures required (bone grafting, sinus lift, etc.).
  • Bone Grafting: If the jawbone lacks sufficient density or volume, a bone graft may be necessary to provide a stable foundation for the implant.
  • Sinus Lift: In cases where the sinus is too close to the upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure may be performed to create more space for the implant.
  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or sedation will be administered to ensure a pain-free experience during the procedure.
  • Incision: The dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone.
  • Implant Placement: A hole is drilled into the bone at the predetermined location. The implant, which is typically made of titanium, is then carefully inserted into the hole. The gum tissue is sutured back into place, and the implant is left to integrate with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This can take several weeks to a few months.

Osseointegration: During this healing phase, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone. This is crucial for the stability and long-term success of the implant.

After osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to expose the top of the implant. An abutment, which is a connector piece, is attached to the implant. This abutment will eventually hold the prosthetic tooth.

  • Impressions: Once the abutment is in place, impressions are taken to create an accurate model of your bite and surrounding teeth.
  • Prosthesis: A dental laboratory fabricates a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture based on the impressions. The prosthesis is designed to match your natural teeth in color, size, and shape.

Once the prosthesis is ready, it is attached to the abutment using screws or dental cement, depending on the type of prosthesis.

Regular Check-ups: After the placement of the prosthesis, you’ll need to visit your dentist for regular check-ups to ensure the implant and prosthesis are functioning properly and to monitor your oral health.


With a dental implant, a small titanium cylinder is placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. That cylinder bonds with the bone tissue to create an artificial root on top of which an abutment and later an artificial tooth are placed.

With a dental bridge, a pair or crowns are installed onto your natural teeth on either side of the gap. Those crowns are then used to create a bridge that holds an artificial tooth. The gap is covered, but the artificial tooth is not actually fixed to the jaw.


    • Dental implants can be used in various ways to restore missing teeth, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Here are the different ways dental implants are commonly used for tooth restoration:
  • A single dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth. An implant is placed in the jawbone, and a custom-made crown is then attached to the implant abutment, creating a natural-looking and functioning replacement tooth.
  • When multiple adjacent teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge can be used. This involves placing dental implants at each end of the gap and attaching a bridge that spans the space. The bridge is secured to the implants, eliminating the need for support from adjacent natural teeth.
  • Dental implants can support a full arch of teeth when all teeth in an arch are missing or need to be replaced. Implant-supported dentures offer better stability and retention compared to traditional removable dentures. These can be fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s preference and the treatment plan.
  • This is a technique where a full arch of teeth is supported by only four (or six) strategically placed implants. This approach is often used in cases where the patient has significant bone loss, as it minimizes the need for extensive bone grafting procedures.
  • Implant overdentures are removable dentures that are supported by dental implants. The implants provide stability to the dentures, preventing slippage and improving chewing efficiency. These can be secured by attachments or clips.
  • For patients missing multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth, implant-supported removable partial dentures can be designed. These dentures are anchored to dental implants and provide better stability than traditional removable partial dentures.
  • Hybrid dentures are a combination of fixed and removable prosthetics. They are securely attached to dental implants but can be removed by a dentist for maintenance. Hybrid dentures provide a good balance between the stability of fixed restorations and the ease of maintenance of removable dentures.
  • In some cases, a tooth may need to be extracted due to damage or decay. Immediate implant placement involves removing the damaged tooth and placing an implant in the same session. This approach can help streamline the treatment process and reduce the overall treatment time.

Zygomatic implants are longer implants that are anchored into the cheekbone (zygomatic bone) when there’s insufficient bone in the upper jaw for traditional implant placement. They are used in cases of severe bone loss in the upper jaw.


Hybrid Dentures are Screw-Retained Dentures that are fixed implant solution for edentulous patients desiring a replacement for removable prostheses. Our specially trained technicians use our state-of-the-art scanning and CAD/CAM technology to design and manufacture a titanium framework. Acrylic and denture teeth are processed onto the milled titanium bar, providing a fixed prosthetic solution with a precise and comfortable fit.

    As treatment calls for the placement of traditional dental implants, patients are carefully evaluated to determine if they are candidates for hybrid dentures. Our goal is to conserve as much of your natural smile as possible. Our Lorton oral surgeon recommends hybrid dental implants for patients who are missing most if not all the teeth in an arch. Patients who have previously used dentures but are otherwise in good health are also excellent candidate for hybrid implant dentistry.


A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.

(stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (“male” attachments), and they fit into sockets (“female” attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.

Hybrid implant dentures consist of dentures that are fixed onto implants. These dentures use prosthetics to replace full rows of teeth. The dental implants support a titanium or gold bar that anchors a set of acrylic teeth in place. The bar is permanently fixed in one place which means your dentures won’t move around.


The All-on-4 treatment concept is a prosthodontic procedure (i.e replacement of missing teeth) that provides a permanent, screw-retained, same-day replacement for the entire upper and / or lower set of teeth with a bridge or denture. The procedure is best for patients with significant tooth loss or decay and for people whose bone loss in the jaw area prevents them from getting conventionally oriented (vertical) dental implants. Often, tooth loss is accompanied by loss of the jaw bone which poses the problem of reconstruction of the jaw bone requiring bone grafting.

  • All-on-Four technique takes advantage of the dense bone that remains in the front part of the jaws and by placing the two posterior implants on an angle to avoid the sinus cavities in the upper jaw and the nerve canal in the lower jaw.
  • For the implementation to be successful a careful analysis of the bone structure needs to be made. The most ideal way to evaluate the bone is by a CBCT scan.
  • The All-on-4 protocol is for at least four implants to be placed in a jaw.
  • The implant is placed in front of the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw (maxilla) and in front of the mental nerve in the lower jaw (mandible).
  • The head of the implant emerges in approximately the second premolar position. This will allow a molar tooth to be cantilevered posterior resulting in a denture or bridge with approximately 12 teeth.