What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a substitute for the natural root of a tooth. It is commonly in the shape of a cylinder.
What is a dental implant made from?
A dental implant is generally made for titanium or a titanium alloy which has been shown to be well tolerated by bone. Just like in a hip/knee replacement, a dental implant forms a close union with the bone and integrates/heals.
How does a dental implant replace a tooth?
A dental implant is initially screwed into a precise location of where the final intended tooth is to be. Once the dental implant has integrated into the bone around it, a crown in a shape of the final tooth is then screwed on top of the dental implant.