A dental implant is a titanium fixture embedded in the jaw bone which serves the same function as a natural tooth root. It conserves bone and provides a secure foundation. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. A dental specialist such as an oral surgeon or periodontist initially provides a detailed consultation to our patients before they embark on this treatment option. The specialist places the implant in the jaw and lets bone integrate around it. In approximately 3 months, the patient then returns to one of our dentists to have the implant restored with a crown.