A dental implant is like an artificial root used in dentistry to support crowns and bridges that replace a tooth or group of teeth. It is a permanent solution to reinstate a missing tooth.
It is a titanium screw-like structure which is anchored into the jaw bone and functions similar to a natural tooth. Implants can be placed in areas where natural teeth are either lost due to decay or trauma or when a tooth cannot be saved and has to be extracted.
The implant then heals and osseointegrates with the adjacent bone which takes about 3-4 months. After this healing process is completed, artificial crown is fabricated over the implant.