A Dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth. It is a titanium screw, a material that is tolerated by bone and integrates well with bone tissue; that is placed into a pre-drilled socket in the maxilla (upper jaw) or the mandible (lower jaw).
During the placement of the dental implant, the aim is to achieve a close contact with the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can ‘fuse’ together. This is known as ‘osseointergration’, which creates a stable support for the new tooth/teeth.
This is a single titanium implant, with an abutment screwed into the implant and a crown placed over this.