A dental implant is a great option for replacing a missing tooth. Essentially an artificial tooth root, the small titanium screw-shaped piece is placed under the gums, where it fuses to your natural bone. After a healing period of about 3-6 months, the gums are opened up and the implant is able to be covered with a custom-fitting crown. The benefits of a dental implant are numerous. They are the strongest option available to support replacement teeth. There is no cumbersome removable appliance. The adjacent teeth are not affected. The implant crown looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone and helps stimulate bone growth.