Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. A dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime. Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. Next a period of healing is required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post. Following this healing period, the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, is placed which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are being replaced, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is made to fit your smile.