Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. As long as there is sufficient height and width of jaw bone, an implant can be placed. Implants are made of titanium metal that bone fuses too. It is the same material that artificial joints are made of. Patients who receive implants typically report that the extraction of the tooth was more uncomfortable than the placement of the implant. Once the implant is placed it needs to heal in the bone for about 3-4 months. After that, a crown can be placed on the implant. Implants are great for restoring teeth, but they need to be maintained just as normal teeth do, with proper cleanings and regular checkups.