A dental implant is made from a very strong biocompatible material and can be considered a replacement for the root of a tooth that is missing or has been extracted. A dental implant is placed into the jaw bone and left to heal. After this healing period the implant is then uncovered and connected to an artificial tooth (Crown). Implants can also be used to support dentures and bridgework.
It is difficult to predict the longevity of a dental implant. Research indicated that once an implant has become joined to the bone its success rate is very good. Each patient is different. Success of an implant may be affected by general health, oral hygiene and tobacco usage. The design of the prosthesis, the anatomy of the patient and oral habits may also contribute to longevity.