Oral or Dental Implants have opened the door to the 21st century in dentistry and oral rehabilitation. They have increased the treatment possibilities for patients and improved the functional results of their treatment.
Patients who had to compromise their esthetic appearance, chewing functionality and nutritional intake due to complete or partial tooth loss can now be restored back to various degrees of normal esthetics and function.
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.