A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place.
Osseointegrated dental implants are the state of the art in modern dentistry. They are small titanium “fixtures” that take the place of the natural root of the tooth. Gently implanted into the bone, using local anaesthesia, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would. Most often, with osseointegrated implants, a prosthodontist can build long-term teeth, custom designed and shaded to aesthetically suit each patient’s distinctive facial requirements.
Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting force onto remaining natural teeth. They may be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.