Dental implants are the healthiest long-term replacement for missing teeth. Not only do they provide the most secure foundation for crowns and dentures, but the implants themselves work to strengthen and build up your bone tissue. Over time, implants can prevent the bone and tissue loss that often results when a tooth is lost.
A dental implant looks and works like a basic wood screw. It is made of a titanium alloy that is biocompatible with bone tissue, and it’s threaded so it can be placed securely in your jawbone.
The implants are surgically placed into your bone tissue, which then begins to integrate into the structure of the implant in a process called osseointegration. This provides a solid living support for the implant and it also strengthens the surrounding bone.
Once the implant is fully healed, a dental crown or an implant-supported denture can be secured to it.