A procedure where a titanium rod or post is placed by a Surgeon, Periodontist, or General Dentist in the patients' jaw to replace a missing tooth is called implants. The jaw heals around the implant, after which the Dentist fabricates a precision adapter and tooth to fit over the implant which completes the missing tooth replacement.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium which are surgically screwed into your jaw bone. The implant attaches to and fuses (Osseointegration) with your jaw bone. The implant is an anchor for a naturally-appearing false tooth (crown) or a set of false teeth. The success rate of dental implants depends on where the implants are placed and their purpose. They are typically best placed in the front portion of your lower jaw. Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. It is important that you have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth for the implants to be attached to. Implants are not only used to replace one tooth, but rather people missing most, if not all, of their teeth benefit greatly as well. Implants are increasingly being used to replace certain types of bridges and removable partial dentures.
A dental implant is made of titanium which is very biocompatible. Titanium is trusted and used in pacemakers, as orthodontic brackets, stents, and for orthopedic solutions for hips, shoulders, elbows and knees. Metal free Zirconia implants have been used in Europe has only recently become available in the U.S.