What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are the best alternative to missing teeth.
If you look at a natural tooth, it is made up of two parts. The "crown" which is the part above the gums and with which we chew, and the "root" which is anchored in the jawbone and holds the tooth in place.
Dental "implants" are artificial teeth which are as close as possible to natural teeth in functionality as well as appearance. An implant is a small sturdy titanium post ( or screw ), that acts as the root structure. It is surgically placed in the jawbone. The bone grows around the titanium screw and holds it causing a strong bond, thereby restoring almost full functionality of a natural root. Smaller posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These serve as the structure necessary to hold the crown of the missing tooth. The replaced crown is so close to a natural tooth that it is hard to tell them apart.