Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for replacement teeth. For patients who suffer from missing or failing teeth, dental implants are an effective, long-term solution. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are the preferred solution for many patients, because they are more comfortable, secure and last much longer than other options.
Dental implants are made out of medical-grade titanium or zirconium, which fuse to the bone in your jaw. This integration provides a strong anchor for your new teeth (which ensures no slippage, as often occurs with dentures). You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
- The implant: A screw that serves as an artificial root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
- The abutment: A connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
- The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium (a type of ceramic material) or porcelain.