Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are placed by using bone scans to determine the proper placement and angulations. Once the implant is placed in the bone we allow time for the bone to fuse with the titanium through a process called osseointegration. This usually requires about four months, at that time the implant can then be restored with a crown or bridge. This is the absolute best way to replace missing teeth, in long term studies the teeth adjacent to the space have the best survival rates using implant crowns.