What is an implant?
Dental implants have actually been around for a few decades now, and the technology is continuing to change and advance. Generally, the same basic principles still apply from when they were first developed. Implants are basically titanium screws that have been treated in a variety of ways along their surfaces to promote/encourage bony ingrowth and adaptation to the body of the implant. After healing, an implant becomes anchored in your jaw and this is what a crown (tooth) can eventually be adapted to for restoring your smile. This anchoring/integration process is why implants generally are only placed once your jaw/facial structure is done growing in your late teens.
Implants are a wonderful and game changing option for patients around the world, from allowing a tooth-like replacement for a missing tooth all the way to being anchors for holding full dentures and other prostheses in place!