A dental implant is an artificial tooth root composed of titanium that helps replace the missing part of the tooth’s root. The surgical procedure carried out to insert the implant is quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. During the surgical procedure, your dental implant is placed under the gum in the space created by the missing tooth. It is then left to heal for a couple of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually merges with the bone surrounding it. The implant is then capped with a custom-made crown to match your existing natural teeth. With the latest technology, implants can have a tooth or teeth placed simultaneously that the implant placement surgery is performed.