A dental implant is a structure that replaces the natural root of a missing tooth. The implant is actually a small titanium screw installed in the bone directly below the missing tooth. The implant integrates perfectly with the bone and behaves exactly like the root of a natural tooth. This makes implants the best solution for replacing missing teeth. The chosen restoration (crown, bridge or denture) is then affixed to the implant. When complete, the treatment restores balance in the chewing action.
The dental implant is firmly anchored in the bone, making the restoration more stable than a removable prosthesis (partial or denture).
With regular follow-up and good oral hygiene, an implant is considered permanent.
Advantages of dental implants
- Neighbouring teeth remain intact
- Restores the comfort and look of natural teeth
- The jawbone is stimulated through chewing and remains solid
- Maintenance is simple
- Can last a lifetime with proper hygiene and regular follow-up
- Makes chewing easier and thus eases digestion