A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which material such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone.
The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegratoin
before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or and abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic /crown.