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Dental Implants 101: What Are Dental Implants?

December 1, 2011

Dental implants are a revolutionary solution for restoring a single tooth or an entire smile. They’re made from biocompatible materials, and are able to restore functionality better than other reconstructive solutions, like traditional crowns, bridges, or dentures.

What’s the secret to their success? Well, there’s really no secret at all.

Dental implants come in two parts. The first is the restored tooth (or teeth); the second is the implant post. It’s the implant’s job to act as a replacement root, securing your restoration as firmly as a natural root would. It does this by interacting with your jawbone, stimulating the growth of new bone tissue. Without either a natural root or a replacement root to stimulate new bone growth, that particular part of your jawbone would begin to atrophy, leading to further tooth loss over time as the jawbone weakens.