The dental implant is a titanium screw that is anchored in the jaw bone and acts as a root for a missing tooth.
The tooth itself is built on top of the implant. This might involve a single crown or a bridge with several teeth.
The implant grows permanently into the bone and the crown feels like a real tooth.
The implant surgery is generally performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure itself is painless and there is barely any pain afterwards.
Once the implant has been anchored into the jaw bone, it is allowed to heal in place. Once the healing time is over, the tooth crown is installed on the implant. In some cases, the crown can be attached to the implant in conjunction with the implant surgery.