More than 3 million Americans have dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). Patients with implants have an artificial, titanium tooth root surgically implanted in their jaw. Once the implant fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration, an artificial tooth (crown) can be placed where a natural tooth is missing.
The majority of implants are successful. The AAID reports a success rate of 98 percent, and a study published in the Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science found that 97 percent of implants lasted long-term. However, sometimes dental implant problems occur. Fortunately, they can almost always be treated by a dentist or dental specialist.