Dental implants are the most ideal way to replace missing teeth. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridge work because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support, and bone resorption is less likely to take place. Implants do require healthy gingival tissue and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw by an oral surgeon. This post acts as the root of a tooth. Once the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal (usually several months), a replacement tooth is finally attached in our office. Proper chewing function will be restored, and the patient’s smile will be improved.