What are
Dental Implants?

Implants are successful and effective in majority of patients treated. A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum).  It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place, but with a ligament attachment which has elasticity, or “give”.  Implants become osseointegrated or in common terms “bonded to the bone.”  So this is different that a tooth, which normally has a ligament surrounding the entire tooth adjacent to the bone.  A dental implant is a small titanium screw-like cylinder that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth.  Titanium is used because it is the most compatible with our human body.  A dental implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and functions as an anchor for the replacement tooth just like roots hold natural teeth in place.  In addition implants can act as mechanism to attach a removable prosthesis, like a complete denture of partial denture.  Therefore, after the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge, partial overdenture or complete overdenture prosthesis. Implants can provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeeth. They may be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or several implants can be combined to provide a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.