Dental implants were invented in 1952 and are considered the standard of care for prosthetic teeth replacement. The implants are artificial surgical structures or figures inserted into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over a few months to act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth.
Dental implants serve as an artificial tooth root, which in turn, holds a bridge or replacement. It also acts as an anchor for the crown. Therefore, instead of replacing the visible portion of a missing tooth, a dental implant replaces the tooth roots, supports the jawbone, and provides sufficient bite force.