A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (made of titanium) that is surgically anchored into your jaw. An abutment or precision attachment is locked into the implant and acts to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. The benefits of using implants include the fact they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, they appear more natural and are easier to clean when selected over a convential bridge, they don’t decay and can tighten the fit of a denture or partial. Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture all together. Implants are one of the true miracles of modern dentistry.