If you are looking for a way to replace a missing tooth that is most similar to your natural one, an implant may be the solution you are looking for. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement of teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone surrounding the implant bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.