Dental implants are actually artificial tooth roots, and they provide a kind of anchor for an artificial tooth which will be emplaced over them, once the ‘root’ has bonded with the jawbone. This artificial tooth root is made of titanium
, which bonds naturally with the jawbone to provide a solid anchor for the new tooth.
Dental implants have been around since 1965 and they have evolved as years progressed by providing natural looking replacements for missing teeth. Almost anyone can be a good candidate for dental implants, provided that they have a healthy jawbone which can be used to anchor the new tooth or teeth.