A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a small piece of medical-grade titanium that is placed in the bone and used to support a fixed tooth replacement. Shaped like a small screw, the implant is usually placed in the bone by performing a minor oral surgical procedure and allowed to heal and fuse with the bone before a crown is connected to it to help replace the missing tooth. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with implant bridges. Implants can also be used to fix dentures in the mouth so that they are not removable.
Implants are better for replacing missing teeth, compared to bridges as adjacent teeth do not have to be prepared.
Most people who are missing teeth can successfully have implants placed to replace the missing teeth.