A dental implant consists of a titanium screw (resembling a tooth root) with a roughened surface. This surface is treated either by plasma spraying, etching or sandblasting to increase the integration potential of the implant. An osteotomy or precision hole is carefully drilled into jawbone and the implantis installed in the osteotomy.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. There are several types ofdental implants; the most widely accepted and successful is the osseointegrated implant. This forms a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the implant. A variation on the implant procedure is the implant-supported bridge. (implant-supported denture).