What is an implant?

The term implant refers to a medical device that replaces a missing body part. Implants, as the name implies, are placed or implanted inside the body and function much like the missing body part that it is replacing. Medical technology has advanced to the point where implants are commonly used to improve not only the physical well-being but also the quality of life of a vast number of patients. A good example of this is the use of a titanium screw to replace a worn out joint or to hold in a plate to secure a broken bone. Typically implants are constructed from materials that are biocompatible. Biocompatible materials are not recognized by the body as foreign and therefore, the body does not reject them.  Titanium is one of the biocompatible materials that is not recognized by the body's immune system and, therefore, allows dental implants to be placed safely and with a very high success rate

A Dental implant is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth or teeth. These artificial root replacements can then be used to support natural looking teeth that enable patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth to smile and speak with confidence and to chew their food well and more comfortably.  Dental implants come in a variety of designs. However, the most common type of implants is threaded titanium cylinders that are placed into the jaw bones.