A dental implant is one option for replacing a tooth. Implants are manufactured devices that are placed surgically in the jaws, where they function as anchors for replacement teeth. Implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. An implant-restored tooth consists of several parts.
The implant, which is made of titanium, is placed in the upper or lower jawbone.
The restoration (the part that looks like a tooth) is a crown, made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM), all-metal or all-porcelain crown. The crown is attached either to the abutment or directly to the implant. It can be screwed or cemented onto the abutment. If the crown is screwed to the abutment, the screw hole will be covered with restorative material such as tooth-colored filling material (composite).
An implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. It fits securely when you chew and speak. A single-tooth implant is a free-standing unit and does not involve treatment to the adjacent teeth. With a dental implant, the surrounding teeth can remain untouched if they are healthy, and their strength and integrity may be maintained. The implant can stabilize your bite and help prevent problems with the jaw.