What is a Dental Implant?

The dental implant itself is a small post that is made out of titanium. The post is surgically inserted into the jaw where teeth are missing. After the implant is placed, we usually allow the surrounding bone to heal for two – four months. During the healing phase, the bone actually bonds to the titanium implant through a process called osseointegration.

Photo of a dental implant and the three parts that make up an implant: the crown, the abutment and the titanium implant.