What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist of the crow and the root. The crown and the root. The crow is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth rot which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant.

There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant.

  • The implant devise itself (which is inserted directly into the bone), the abutment.
  • The piece that connects the implant device to the third part.
  • The overlying crown or denture.

Today’s implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property that allows it to fuse directly to bone. The process known as osseointegration. Other materials, such as zirconium, might be used to make implant in the future. But for now, these materials have not been perfected for general use.

What is Osseointegration?

Dental implant work by a process known as osseointegration, which occurs when bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into jaw bone. This process was first discovered by Swedish researcher, Prof. Dr. Per-Ingvar Branermark, in the 1960’s.

What is an osseointegrated implant?

Osseointegrated implants can be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality, replacing anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw). These replacement teeth are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient which offers a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.

Are dental implants for me?

Most likely, if you reading this, you or someone you know has lost teeth. Whether they were lost through an accident, disease or decay, dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for nearly everyone.

Dental implants can be used when:

  • A single tooth is missing – instead of a bridge.
  • Several teeth are missing – instead of bridges or partial dentures.
  • All teeth are missing – instead of dentures.
Dental implants are strong and stable and allow you to eat most foods, depending on the type of implant restoration. They look and generally feel like your own natural teeth. They give you back your smile.

What can I expect to happen during the preliminary examination process?

All members of your dental team will need x-rays of your jaw, paying special attention to the area which will be treated. A general review of these x-rays will allow the dentist to carefully inspect for any additional teeth or areas in the bone that require treatment (whether for implant or otherwise). Many dentists will use a panoramic radiograph, which shows all of the upper and lower jaw’s bones and teeth, to diagnose other dental and bone pathology. These can also be used to assess the height of available bone and the relation and position of other anatomic structures – all considered as part of the overall analysis for implants.

What is the overall success rate for dental implants?

Despite decades of clinical and scientific research, dental implants do not have a 100% success rate. However, the success rate have improved dramatically since the introduction of dental implant surgery and the dental profession can proudly report success rate well above 90% for most implant patients.

When a dental implant has not successfully integrated, it may need to be removed, as it cannot easily be “converted” to osseointegrate.

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Un implante dental es un remplazo prostético para un diente faltante. Los dientes naturales consisten en una corona y raíz. La corona es la parte visible que está cubierta de un blanco esmalte.


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If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants are an excellent treatment option. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Congenital absence
  • Dental disease
  • Caries or periodontal diseases
  • Mechanical failure

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    A dental implant is a prosthetic replacements for a missing tooth. Osseointegrated implants can be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality and are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient – which offers a completely natural appearance and whole new smile.