What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a screw, usaually made from titanium, that is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. There are different lengths (7 to 18 mm) and diameters (3 to 6 mm). The implant is screwed into the jaw where it provides a solid foundation for a crown, bridge or other dental prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth.
After an implant is placed, the surrounding bone will grow in contact with the implant surface and attach to it. This process of attachment is called “osseointegration”.

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