A dental implant (or tooth implant) is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jawbone to support a crown, replacing a single missing tooth, bridges that restore a larger span of missing teeth or even overdentures. Implants are manufactured from titanium, a metal that is known to be compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or several teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or any other reason.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.
The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughness on the implant surface. In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or overdentures.
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