Millions of people worldwide wear dentures to replace teeth lost or extracted due to the damaging effects of severe dental wear, trauma, decay or gum disease. Technological advances have enabled modern dentures to look more natural and fit better than they ever have before.
The dental implant itself is an artificial tooth root in the form of a screw, made of biocompatible titanium metal. Like a screw, the dental implant is inserted into jawbone and allowed to become a part of it (osseointegrate). An artificial tooth or crown is subsequently attached to the implant by a connector called an abutment. In this way, a crown can be supported by a dental implant and is able to replace your missing tooth. Independent of adjacent teeth, an implant supported crown can feel similar to, and function reliably like, a natural tooth.