Dental implants are medical-grade titanium posts which are surgically placed in the jaw to anchor replacement tooth/teeth in areas where the tooth/teeth are missing. Depending on the number of teeth missing, an appropriate number of implants are placed to restore function and esthetics in the area. In many cases, it is not necessary to place one implant for each missing tooth to replace all of the missing teeth.
In some cases, the dental implant can be placed at the same time the tooth is removed requiring only one procedure. After the implant is placed, several months of time are required to allow the jawbone to heal to the implant before the tooth/teeth are placed on the implant(s). This final portion of the treatment is performed by your general dentist.