A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth. Dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns, bridgework, or dentures by a variety of means.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible (won't be rejected by the body). They also have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
There are two types of safe dental implants:
Endosteal implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone. A second surgery follows, involving artificial teeth being individually attached to the post.
Subperiosteal implants are an entire metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone below the gum tissue.Browse Full Glossary