Dental implants are effective in over 96% of all patients treated. A natural tooth consists a crown that you can see above the gum and the root, which is hidden under the gum. It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the tooth in place.
A dental implant is a small man made titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The reason they use Titanium is because it is the most compatible with our human body. The dental implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and functions as an anchor for the replacement tooth. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth.
Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining teeth. They may be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.