Dental implants are the keystone of all implant supported restorations. A dental implant begins with a titanium post that’s embedded into the jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material that the jawbone will fuse around. Why is that a good thing? The jaw’s only purpose is to nourish the tooth roots, and when there aren’t any, the jaw begins to disintegrate. The closest dental appliances to natural tooth roots are titanium posts.
Dental implants can be used as single restorations. In some cases it is used to replace many teeth. A composite resin or custom-made porcelain crown colored to match your natural teeth is added to the titanium post. For an implant-supported restoration, the dental implant serves as an anchor point for dental prostheses, such as a crown, bridge, denture or partials.