How Dental Implants Replace Teeth
A dental implant is an artificial tooth held permanently in place by a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw. They are made to look and function almost exactly the same way as a natural tooth. Compared to other replacement options, implants offer a number of advantages. First and most importantly, they are permanent and look virtually the same as natural teeth. They also continue to absorb the impact of chewing in the same manner as the original tooth. When missing teeth are replaced with bridges and other non-permanent solutions, they transfer impact to nearby teeth, often weakening them over time.
From a design standpoint, artificial tooth implants consist of three parts. The first is the implant itself (a titanium screw), which acts as the root of the tooth. The second component is the abutment, a permanent connector that will hold the new tooth or teeth in place; this part can be removed by your dentist if it is ever necessary. Lastly, the third portion is the crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible in your mouth. When complete, the implant takes the position of the original tooth and has the same size and shape as the one you lost. It is not noticeable by others and if positioned in front, it will give you back your smile.