Dental implants are a very popular option to replace missing teeth. It looks and works exactly like a natural tooth. A titanium screw is placed into the jaw to act as the roots for your new implant tooth. Your jaw bone will fuse with the titanium surface through a process called osseointegration. Due to this process, replacing a tooth with an implant can take a period of many months, and the ability of your jaw to osseointegrate with the implant is affected by the health of your gums, as well as certain medical factors, most commonly diabetes and smoking.
Once an implant is stable in the mouth, an implant crown is simply placed on top and secured, giving you your tooth back. Implants can sometimes be used to secure an overdenture as well if a regular denture is too big or loose.