What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. The typical implant is made of surgical grade titanium and resembles a tooth root. After the implant has integrated or fused to the bone, a porcelain crown can be attached to it. For patients without teeth, the implant could also be restored to secure a denture in place.  Many studies support the use of implants as a good long term solution for the replacement of missing or lost teeth.

A dental implant is much like a natural tooth, which has a root in your jawbone, topped by a crown that you can see. When you need an implant, your dentist inserts a metal post beneath your gum and into the bone. It fuses to the bone in your jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. Then your dentist makes a replacement crown on the metal post, designed to blend in with the way your own teeth look and feel. Dental implants also can be used to anchor dentures.

Dental implants are titanium rods about a centimeter long that are placed inside the jawbone and serve the same purpose as the roots of teeth. Dental implants allow dentists to replace individual or multiple teeth, or create denture supports that are much more natural and better fitting than normal dentures.

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