What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implant is a metal anchor placed in the jaw bone underneath the gum tissue to support artificial teeth where natural teeth are missing. Unlike other types of tooth replacements, such as removable dentures or fixed bridges that are cemented to remaining teeth, dental implants are actually placed (implanted) into the jaw bone under gum tissue. This implant is usually made from a space-age metal called titanium, which is readily accepted by the body, and artificial teeth that look like natural tooth that looks like natural tooth is then attached to the implant Due to a phenomenon known as osteointegration, meaning that bone actually attaches itself to the implant, this anchor provides a strong foundation that allows patients with missing teeth to chew efficiently and comfortably.