What is a dental implant?
The design of a dental implant is based on the design of a natural tooth which is commonly described as having two main parts:
- The crown that sits above the gums
- The root that sits securely below the gum
The implant crown
The implant crown is carefully crafted to look and feel like a healthy, natural tooth that feels like part of you.
The implant replaces the function of a natural root and if looked after properly should last a lifetime. It stimulates the bone molecules to attach themselves to the titanium thread of the implant, providing a completely stable foundation for the new crown - a process known as osseointegration. It usually takes 8-12 weeks for the bone to securely bond to the entire implant surface.