Dental Implants are essentially the most “tooth like” permanent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Implants fully restored will consist of three parts. First a titanium “screw” is placed into the bone and allowed to integrate and heal around it. This titanium portion replaces the “root” of a natural tooth that has been lost. The second part of a dental implant is called an “abutment”. This is what the cap or crown will fit onto. The third part of a dental implant is the “crown” or “cap” that gets screwed or cemented on to the abutment.
Sometimes dental implants can be used to fix a denture into place so that it stays in better. In this instance the implants will consist of different parts. The titanium screw part will still be placed into the jaw bones but once they heal different parts are screwed in to attach the pre-made denture.
Most lifelike way to replace a missing tooth or several teeth
No destruction of adjacent healthy teeth
Does not come out, it is a permanently placed prosthesis