A dental implant is a titanium post surgically positioned in the jaw bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth (crown) is placed on an extension of the implant (called the abutment), giving patients the look and function of a natural tooth.
The major benefit of an implant is the solid support for your new tooth/teeth without using surrounding natural teeth as support. It’s a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant, and because this healing requires time, the implant process can take several months. However, in most situations, temporary teeth can be made to get patients through the healing process with a complete smile.