Implants are artificial roots that are placed into the jawbone in the area where the root of a missing tooth was located. The placement of an implant is a relatively minor procedure under local anaesthesia. Implants are made of titanium that is well tolerated in the entire body.They fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. An implant is approximately 4 millimetres in diameter and is 8 to 15 millimetres long. Implants provide a firm anchor for crown, bridge or denture.
Implants can be applied in nearly all cases.That is, provided that there is sufficiently healthy bone available (x-rays are necessary to determine this) and provided that the oral hygiene is proper. Smoking, excessive alcohol use and some diseases may constitute risk factors.