WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant is a devise that is implanted into the jawbone as a means of restorating a missing or failed tooth.  Most dental implants are made of moslty titanium and are similar in size and shape to the natural root of the tooth.  Dental implants can have a screw-like feature with enhanced coating to help expedite its “osseointegration”.  Osseointegration is the process in which the bone integrates and fuses with an object, in this case: the implant

Afterwards the dental implant acts as an anchor or support-structure for a dental prostheses, such as a crown.  Typically a dental implant will look and feel like a natural tooth in both aesthetic and function.  It is important that the patient continues brushing and flossing the implant as if it were a natural tooth.

“Dental implant success is related to operator skill, quality and quantity of the bone available at the site, and the patient’s oral hygiene. The consensus is that implants carry a success rate of around 95%”[1]


[1] Esposito M, Grusovin MG, Willings M, Coulthard P, Worthington HV (2007). “The effectiveness of immediate, early, and conventional loading of dental implants: a Cochrane systematic review of randomized controlled clinical trials”. The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants 22 (6): 893–904. PMID 18271370.

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