What is a dental implant?

An artificial root that works like a natural one

When a tooth and its root are missing, the long-term solution for a natural function is a dental implant and made-to-match crown.


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About dental implants

A dental implant is a small but strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth.

 The healing phase is between 6 and 12 weeks1 depending on the individual medical situation. During this period the implant becomes securely attached to the jaw bone - a process called osseointegration. Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis.

Materials and surfaces of Straumann implants

Titanium (commercially pure) is a biocompatible metal, non-toxic and well-tolerated by the body.  Its many medical uses include surgical implements and implants, where high strength and low weight are preferred.

One of its most important medical applications is in implants. Those made from titanium have been shown to bond very well to living bone and can last for decades.

Roxolid®2 is a groundbreaking material from Straumann specifically designed for use in dental implantology. It is a titanium-zirconium alloy, stronger than pure titanium with excellent osseointegration properties - a combination which is unique in the market of dental implants.


Ceramic is a metal-free alternative to titanium or Roxolid® implants. Straumann offers Straumann® PURE Ceramic, an ivory-colored implant made of zirconium-oxide ceramic.

Straumann® SLActive

Straumann® SLActive® 3 is a clinically proven implant surface designed to halve healing time after insertion without compromising regeneration.

1Reduced healing time can be achieved with SLActive® surface. 2 List of scientific references: www.straumann.com/roxolidref  3 List of scientific references: www.straumann.com/slactiveref