A metal rod, usually made of titanium, is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone where a tooth is missing. It serves as the tooth root and anchor for the crown, bridge, or denture that is placed over it.
If you’ve lost or extracted a tooth, a dental implant will replace the root of the missing tooth, giving support to a crown, bridge, or dentures. Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible after having lost the real one is important, to prevent shifting of your other teeth, or the bone loss that occurs when the original tooth is no longer in your mouth.
Implants are wonderful replacements for natural teeth - they are stable, look great, can be cleaned just as you would regular teeth, and you can chew normally. With proper care, they can last a long time.