Implants are synthetic structures which are anchored to either the jawbone or a metal framework attached to the bone, and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth, permanent bridge or to serve as a post when attaching dentures.
The ‘root’ portion of the implant is usually placed by an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontal specialist, while the ‘crown,’ or the visible portion of the tooth, is made and placed right in your general dentist’s office.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic, yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
In order for a dental implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene.