The implant is an artificial root usually made of titanium that an implant specialist surgically places in the jawbone.
Today the best option for patients who are missing permanent teeth is dental implants. Composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration," dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth," and they never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.
A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by a prosthodontist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
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Last updated: Oct 25, 2015 6:35 pm