If you’ve lost one or more teeth, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for dental implants as an excellent solution for restoring your smile. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that replaces both the root and crown of the missing tooth. The dental implant, which is a small screw-like post usually made of titanium, is surgically placed into your jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. A period of healing allows your gum tissues to heal and your bone tissues to begin to bond with the biocompatible implant. After the healing period, we will place the dental implant restoration on top of the implant post. This may be a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture, based on which teeth are missing. Once the implant restoration is in place, your smile will be restored to good health and function. The dental implant can also greatly enhance the appearance of your smile by filling in the gap left by the missing tooth.