Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. When placed, bone and bone cells will grow right against the material and amalgamate with the titanium. The body does not reject the material nor recognize it as foreign. Titanium is also the only material that can support biting forces when placed in the mouth.
Titanium alloy material is superior to surgical stainless steel. Although it has been used in medicine for years for pins and artificial joints, stainless steel is only tolerated by the body. Unlike with titanium the bone does not fuse with it. Surgical stainless steel is great for joints, but it will not withstand the pressures and forces put it on by the teeth.
The procedure for getting a dental implant is straightforward. Once the implant is placed in the bone, a healing cap is put on it to allow for the bone to integrate with the implant.
Dental implants restore proper chewing function and are the closest thing to natural teeth. Having implants stops progressive bone loss, improves appearance and can improve speech.