The dental implant is a metallic root-like “pin” of titanium alloy which is placed in the jaw, in order to support artificial teeth in the place of the missing ones. Titanium is a material completely biocompatible, i.e. acceptable from the (host) living tissue, from which orthopedic implants are made as well.
The restoration of missing teeth is vital for the overall health and function of the oro-maxillofacial system. Dental implants both look and function like natural teeth. They improve the quality of life in the following areas:
For implant placement, the patient should address to scientists specialized in implantology, that is scientists with clinical training in surgery. In cooperation with the specialized oral surgeon, the prosthodontist restores the implant, thus places the crown, bridge or denture over the implants, and that is the key to success.