What is an implant ?
A dental implant is an artificial root, usually made of titanium, that is placed in the alveolar bone to replace one or more missing teeth. A fixed dental prosthesis (often a ceramic crown) will rest on this artificial root. This technique is not new, but it is becoming more and more popular.
Why should an implant be placed?
Replacing your teeth is more than just a cosmetic procedure. A missing tooth also causes chewing problems, as well as displacement of the adjacent teeth, which appear to sink or rise. As a consequence, there is an increased chance of cavities and a lack of normal tooth meshing.