What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth

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.

single titanium dental implant

This is a single titanium implant, with an abutment screwed into the implant and a crown placed over this.

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