A dental implant is a wonderful option to replace missing teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or tooth decay. A dental implant is a titanium post that a periodontist or an oral surgeon positions into the jaw. Once in place and the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal (approximately 3-6 months), a replacement tooth is attached to an abutment or post. Implants have benefits over other tooth replacement options. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and and generally can last 10- 20 years or more. They are also more conservative approach than bridgework since they do not require the cutting of adjacent teeth. You are also able to floss around a single tooth implant making it easier to maintain. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.