A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone. When dental work such as a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures is added, one or more missing teeth can be replaced. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a simple procedure that, generally, is as convenient as a tooth extraction.After an initial healing period, during which the implant is buried in bone and left undisturbed under gum tissue, it is uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial tooth.The implant material is extremely biocompatible. The bone grows to the implant and bonds to it. This makes the implant very strong. The process is called ‘osseointegration’.Although there are several options for replacing a missing tooth, a dental implant is often or usually the most ideal solution. After careful treatment planning between your dentist and the local specialist who will place your implant, your dental practitioner will secure your restorative crown, bridge or denture atop of your new implants. Following this minor surgery phase, a sufficient period of healing will be required prior to the placement of your new permanent restorative crown, bridge or denture.