Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed under the gum tissue and into the jaw bone. The purpose of the implant is to replace the root of a missing tooth. Over a period of several months, the bone bonds to the implant creating a stable foundation for your dentist to then attach the prosthetic tooth (otherwise known as a crown) to. You also may have heard of mini implants. Mini implants can be used as a temporary solution but are not FDA approved as a permanent anchor for crowns and dentures.
When it comes to dental implant surgery, you should consult an Oral Surgeon who performs this procedure on a daily basis.