Dental implant - Definition

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A dental implant is an artificial root that is implanted directly into the jaw bone. Typically used to replace an extracted tooth or one that was decayed and the root extracted, this implant is topped with a prosthesis, a crown, that imitates a new tooth and enables the chewing mechanism. Dental implants are composed of a conical or straight screw, and can measure between 10 and 15mm in length and 3 and 5mm in width. These implants are made of titanium.