A dental implant is a replacement for one or more missing teeth. Made of titanium metal or ceramic, these small and sturdy screw devices are surgically implanted within the jawbone where the roots of the missing tooth once were, to provide retention and/or support. Like the natural tooth, a dental implant provides the foundation, or a solid base, for the artificial tooth replacement. After the healing period is complete, dental implants are fitted with a dental bridge or crown, thereby completing the restoration. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, allowing you to speak, smile and eat with greater confidence.