A dental implant is a root shaped titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line and replaces the root structure of a lost natural tooth. During healing your bone grows around the implant locking it in place therefore doesn't come loose like a denture can. Implants can anchor a crown, bridge or a complete denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very successful and may potentially last a lifetime. Implants require the same home care as your teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.