Implants are one of the most natural feeling ways to replace missing, or non-salvageable teeth. The implant refers to a titanium fixture that is surgically placed below your gums into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. It acts as the tooth “root”. Once the implant is placed, the implant must undergo a healing process in which the implant fuses to your natural bone, and in most cases, must heal for up to six (6) months before the “tooth” portion, or implant crown, can be placed. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or multiple implants can be used to replace multiple teeth. They can also be used to attach full or partial dentures, allowing for a more secure and natural fit of these prostheses. The main advantage of replacing a tooth with an implant, rather than a bridge for example, is that the adjacent natural teeth do not need to be altered or touched during the process, and the implant crown is not connected to the adjacent teeth, making flossing much easier.