A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone. When dental work such as a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures is added, one or more missing teeth can be replaced. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a simple procedure that, generally, is as convenient as a tooth extraction. After an initial healing period, during which the implant is buried in bone and left undisturbed under gum tissue, it is uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial tooth.
The implant material is extremely biocompatible. The bone grows to the implant and bonds to it. This makes the implant very strong. The process is called 'osseointegration'.
Dental Implant Supported Crown
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
An Implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis supported by one or more implants replacing three or more teeth.
Dental Implant Supported Overdenture
After teeth have been lost, the part of jaw bones supporting the teeth starts shrinking. If you have a denture replacing the missing teeth, after several years the denture will become loose due to bone shrinking.
An implant-supported denture snaps onto attachments on the implants, providing better retention and stability.
What is Dental Implant?