What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts protruding through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.You also may have heard about Mini implants. Mini implants are a new alternative to Dental implants, however they are not FDA approved as a permanent anchor for crowns and dentures and cannot be seen as a replacement to natural teeth. They also cannot offer the permanence of full dental implants.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.