What is an implant?
A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw. It is placed much like a screw is inserted into a piece of hard wood. First a hole is drilled and then the screw is screwed in. The difference is that once the screw is inserted in wood, the wood doesn’t change. Bone however is living tissue and reacts to cutting by remodeling which takes eight to twelve weeks. During that time the bone next to the implant is resorbed by the body and replaced with new bone.
What are dental implants used for?
Dental implants act as the replacements for the roots of a teeth. Crowns or bridges may by anchored to dental implants. Removable dentures and partial dentures can be supported and retained by dental implants as well.