What is a dental implant?

dental implant
Natural tooth and artificial tooth supported by an implant.
artificial tooth
Dental implant with an artificial tooth.

A dental implant is a screw made out of titanium alloy that is inserted into the jawbone to support artificial teeth (single crowns, bridges, and dentures). Titanium is a biocompatible metal that promotes a phenomenon known as osseointegration i.e. the binding of the bone to the implant.

Dental implants are an exciting and viable solution for replacing teeth that can look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

Implant supported prostheses can eliminate many of the problems associated with traditional forms of tooth replacement such as: the looseness of dentures which can create pain and make it difficult to speak or chew; the need to file down healthy tooth structure in the case of traditional crowns and bridges.

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