When a tooth is missing, a dental implant can be a great solution. The actual implant is a small, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. From there a custom-fitted artificial tooth, referred to as a restoration, is secured to the implant. Implants are a useful tool for a variety of restorations and look and feel much like natural teeth. They also stimulate the jawbone when you chew which keeps it healthy. With regular checkups and cleanings along with careful home care, an implant can be an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth. After a thorough examination, a discussion regarding your health history and treatment goals, Dr. Bachman will determine if an implant is right for you.