If one is missing a tooth or more and desire to eat one's favorite foods, increase one's chewing ability, and improve speech, appearance, and self-esteem, then you might want to consider dental implants. A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy to exacting specifications.Implants can be an effective way to replace a tooth or several teeth. Each implant is generally composed of a metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone (upper and/or lower), and a protruding post, which is outfitted with an artificial tooth. Dental implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial dentureor secure a fixed denture as in over-denture. The process requires surgery and may take several visits to the treating team, in fact, could take up to a year to complete.