A dental implant is a small titanium steel post that is permanently placed in your jaw where missing teeth are, to replace the roots of the missing teeth. The implant is fixed into the jaw and bonded to your bone, creating a strong foundation on which to place your artificial tooth replacement. A dental implant looks and performs just like a natural tooth. If cared for properly, dental implants can last for years. Dental implants are recommended for healthy people who have adequate bone levels in their jaw to support the dental implant. It is also important that the gum tissue is healthy and free of periodontal disease, in order for the dental implant treatment to be successful. As such, regular dental teeth cleanings and check-ups are very important.