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What are dental implants and how do they work?
A dental implant or fixture is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, or facial prosthesis. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to the bone. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge, or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic/crown.
Implants are the ideal way to replace a lost tooth
Dental implants require a surgical procedure to anchor them to your jaw. The implant fixture, made of titanium or another biocompatible material, is placed in the jaw and topped with a ceramic cap for the appearance of a tooth growing up through the gums.
Implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth and even people with no teeth can benefit from them. They are a stronger, more comfortable alternative to dentures. Even better, they don’t require constant adjustment or removal at night.