The answer is straightforward really…
Essentially, a dental implant is a replacement for a tooth’s natural root. A false root if you like.
The difference between your tooth and an implant is simple to explain. Your tooth is a single unit, it comes in 1 piece and comes out as 1 piece (mostly!). A dental implant has three components; the implant body, the abutment or post, and the crown or “tooth”.
I’m also often asked what an implant is made from
Implants are generally made of surgical-grade titanium with a very special surface finish, sometimes they can be made from zirconium which is a white material.
There has been significant research and development into the best implant materials to use, and these two not only provide strength and lightness, but they are also very, very long lasting.