What is a dental implant?
Often made from titanium, dental implants (sometimes referred to as tooth implants) are designed to look like a screw. Once the implant is placed and the foundations are strong, your dentist will design an artificial tooth (or crown). These are traditionally made from porcelain or ceramic and look, feel and function almost exactly like your natural teeth within the jaw bone.
How does a Dental Implant Work?
During a dental implant procedure, the post or abutment is placed carefully in the jaw where the missing tooth once was. Its main aim is to replace your missing tooth’s roots so your dentist can construct a new tooth (crown) for you. Over time, new bone will grow around the implant and strengthen the foundation of the replacement tooth.