Dental Implants

D ental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics and are manufactured to last for a long time. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted on the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer a very similar function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone loss (atrophy) in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth, or to restore an entire smile.


Approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws. More and more dental patients are opting for dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. The American Academy of implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people currently have dental implants – a number that is rapidly growing by about 500,000 per year. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950’s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.