A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry.
There are several types. The most widely accepted and successful is the osseointegrated implant, based on the discovery by Swedish
Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark that titanium could be successfully incorporated into bone when osteoblasts grow on and into the rough surface of the
implanted titanium. This forms a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the implant. A variation on the
implant procedure is the implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported denture.