Example of a dental implant in jawbone
A dental implant is a replacement for a lost tooth and comprises three parts:
- a titanium screw that replaces the root of your tooth
- an abutment – a connector between the screw and the crown
- a dental implant crown
Dental implants mimic natural teeth and are surgically anchored into place on top of the jawbone. They can also allow for better chewing ability, improved speech, and a higher quality of life.
As a permanent fixture in your mouth, they cannot be taken out at night, unlike dentures, which will need to be removed before bed time.
Bone grafting may be required if there is bone loss or low bone density in the jaw. Having a bone graft can help to stimulate bone growth and prepare the jaw bone for dental implants.