Dental implants are composed of a very small titanium post. Titanium is a bio-compatible material that integrates fully with the surrounding bone and tissue. Once placed in the jaw, the implant provides a completely stable base for the restoration that will be attached to it.
After it has healed, this post actually serves as a replacement root for the missing tooth. This is an important difference from other tooth replacement options like dental bridges because the implant prevents further damage to surrounding teeth and eliminates the risk of deterioration of the jawbone.
Dental implants can also be used to hold dentures and partial dentures in place. The implant and denture are designed to fit together, creating a unit that prevents the denture from slipping and shifting while speaking and eating.