Dental implants are one of the best and most successful means of replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a device, usually made of titanium, used to support a restoration that looks like a tooth or a group of teeth to replace teeth that are missing due to extraction and other causes.
Today, the majority of dental implants placed are root-shaped implants imbedded in the jawbone (endosseous implants). In a radiograph, they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and consequently are “root-form”). This titanium screw has property which allows it to be accepted by the jaw bone, and the implant surface eventually fuses with the surrounding bone. This is called Osteointegration. Some patients may feel a slight difference compared to their natural teeth during chewing; it is because the dental implants do not possess periodontal ligament, and therefore has no up and down movement.
A dental implant is the ideal tooth replacement when possible, because it can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including single crowns, bridges (implant-supported) and partial or complete dentures. It is a permanent replacement and one of the most successful dental restorative techniques. More recently, dental implants have been used to serve as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The implant being fused to the bone allows tooth movement in one direction without reciprocal action.
Your dental care team can determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.