A dental implant is among the newer technology in dentistry for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. For the case of a missing tooth, a titanium implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and allowed to heal for a period of 3-6 months. During that time, the bone grows around the implant and the two become fused, essentially the implant becomes a part of the patient. When the implant is fully healed, a crown is placed at the top of the implant, and the restoration is complete. Dental implants are also a very useful tool for stabilizing loose fitting partial and complete dentures as they provide excellent attachment points for these appliances.