A dental implant is a device that is made of titanium. It is a ‘root’ device which is used in supporting restorations which resemble a tooth to replace missing teeth.
Most of the dental implants placed today look a lot like a natural tooth. They are usually placed within the bone. The jaw bone then accepts and integrates them with the titanium post. This process of integration of the implant with the titanium post is known as osseointegration.
Before these implants became common, most implants were either blade endosseous implants or subperiosteal implants. Blade endosseus implants are in the shape of a metal piece that is placed within the bone. Subperiosteal implants are those in which a framework is constructed to lie upon and used to be adjoined with screws to the exposed jaw bones.
Crowns, implant-supported bridges, dentures or dental prostheses can all be supported by dental implants. Dental implants can also be used for orthodontic tooth movement. Using dental implants allows for the unidirectional movement of teeth without reciprocal action.