WHAT IS AN IMPLANT?
Anatural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum. within the jaw bone). It is the root, which actually holds the natural tooth in place.
When a person is missing a tooth, the dentist must decide how to re-create the crown portion, and choose the best method to hold it in place. Dental implants were created for this purpose.
Dental implants are metallic cylinders, which are placed into the jaw bone where original teeth once existed. These root like cylinders are used to secure a replacement tooth in place when a tooth is missing. Dental implants can also be used to secure teeth in place that are loose by being placed alongside these loose teeth and anchoring to them with splinted crowns. This will allow the loose teeth to function better, and last longer, in the mouth.
Dental implants are made of various biomaterials. Most commonly, a surgical metal called titanium is used, because it is the most compatible with human biology. They are surgically placed in the jaw bone, right in the dentist’s office, using a local anaesthetic. Approved and tested implant systems are very successful. In fact, some have lasted more than 20 years with a better than 90% success rate/ Patients who have good oral hygiene and take care of their new teeth can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.