Here is a fun fact about implants: The first patient to receive dental implants was in 1965. A dental implant replaces the root of your tooth and can be thought of an anchor for either a single tooth, multiple teeth or even a full set of teeth.
Dental implants are primarily made of commercially pure (CP) titanium and do not contain any metal alloys. CP titanium is the most biocompatible metal to the human body. Once a dental implant is placed in the oral cavity, bone fuses to the titanium, a process called Osseointegration.
Scientific literature supports that dental implants can have a 95% success rate over a 10 year period. Dental implant therapy is one of the most successful and predictable procedure in both Dentistry and Medicine.
A dental implant CAN last a life-time (but this varies with each patient). Historically, the first 2 patients, who had dental implants placed by Professor Branemark, both passed away in the last decade with all their existing implants.