What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. As we know natural tooth structure consists of a root and a tooth, so in an implant procedure, we replace the root with an implant and replace the tooth with a crown or denture. It is that staright forward ! The implant itself provides a strong foundation for the crown and this can be either fixed or removable. Dental implant procedures are carried out in the dental office and are done in 1 or 2 stages.
So what exactly is a Dental Implant ?
Dental implants are predominantly made of titanium. Titanium is a metal that is bio-compatible -(compatable with a living tissue or a living system that is not toxic, injurious, or physiologically reactive and is rejected by the immune system.) All in all it means that titanium offers the best strength and durability. Dental implants are made in different sizes to suit the gap to be filled and for compatability to the bone. Dental implants the most popular option for teeth replacement as they are like new teeth and are strong and stable – they look and feel like your own natural teeth. They give back the confidence and self esteem to smile again.