An implant is a titanium “root” which is placed into the jawbone where a tooth once used to be. Titanium becomes integrated into the bone and it can support a crown (tooth-like structure), bridge, or a denture.
Implants do not depend on existing teeth for support, and can be used to avoid removable dentures.
Implants have been used clinically for over 30 years and have a high survival rate. They look and function like your natural teeth and preserves the bone from resorption after extraction of your natural tooth. It is becoming a standard of care for replacing missing tooth.