Dental implants have been used successfully for the last 40 years. Implants are like substitute tooth roots, except they are made from titanium (which is biocompatible) and are carefully placed into the jawbone to support artificial teeth.
Dental implants integrate entirely within human bone; living bone grows around the titanium surface to fix them firmly in place. These implants can then be used to support fixed crowns and bridges. They can replace one tooth or up to a whole arch of missing teeth. They can also be used to stabilise a loose or uncomfortable denture.