A dental implant is actually a replacement for the natural root(s) of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns, bridgework and/or dentures and partials by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which 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.
To start the dental implant process, your dentist will take the necessary images(CT scan and/or x-rays) and impressions to determine the quality and quantity of bone needed for the proper sized implant, gum tissue and spacing available for an implant.