A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that simulates a tooth root and is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible; this means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost one or more teeth to infection, injury, periodontal disease or some other reason. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.