Dental implants are used in dentistry to replace missing teeth or support fixed (non-removable) or removable dentures.
A titanium screw, similar in size to the root of a natural tooth, is placed in the patient's jawbone where the natural tooth is missing. Once an implant is placed, a restoration (crown) can be attached to this titanium root which can now function as a new tooth.
It is broadly accepted that the success rate of dental implants is approximately 95%. The success rate can depend on several factors. Patients with diabetes or those who smoke can expect a slightly lower success rate. Success is also dependent on the amount of bone present as well as the quality of bone.