There are many options when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are by far the best. A dental implant is a screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The procedure used to place an implant screw is generally performed by an oral surgeon. During a minor surgical procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it. Once the oral surgeon determines that the bone has fully formed around the post, the patient is then sent back to Dr. Corella for the impressions needed to make the custom, natural looking crown.