A dental implant is a small metal post made up of titanium or biocompatible metal. It’s secured into a socket in your gums left empty by a missing tooth. An implant fuses to the jawbone tissue to become very stable and painless in the patients mouth. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. As a functioning replacement root, the implant can support a single crown, or with a few implants could support a bridge or partial/denture.