The goal in dentistry is always to replace what is missing as similarly as possible to nature. While we aren't yet able to grow a new tooth, a dental implant does an excellent job of replicating nature when done properly. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is implanted into the jaw bone. After the jaw bone fuses to the dental implant, a porcelain crown is placed on the dental implant. The advantage of a dental implant is that the porcelain crown is permanently placed in the mouth without having to touch adjacent teeth. Patients can chew on them just like their natural teeth and floss in between the implant and teeth. For patients that are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to permanently place a dental bridge in the space of missing teeth. When patients are missing all of their teeth, dental implants can be used to snap a denture into place with an overdenture, or permanently replace all of the teeth using a dental hybrid or all on four technique.