A dental implant is another name for a small part made of titanium or titanium/zirconium, which when inserted into the jaw bone will form the root of a missing natural tooth.
Dental implants are placed under local anaesthesia. Titanium is generally well tolerated by the body and bone has been shown to bond well to titanium.
Once healed, the implant acts as a base for fixing crowns or multi-tooth bridges. Implants can also act as anchors for dentures to stabilise existing or new prostheses.