DENTAL IMPLANTS are a titanium “root” device used to support restorations to replace missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth. Typically all implants have a similar appearance to a tooth and are placed within the bone. The jaw bone accepts and fuses with the surface of the implant. Even though implants will fuse with the bone, they will feel different than regular teeth while chewing due to the lack of periodontal ligament.
A dental restoration is a material used to restore the function and integrity of missing tooth structure. It can be divided into two types – direct restorations and indirect restorations. All restorations can be further classified by their location and size.