In the past, missing teeth could only be replaced with bridges or dentures. Although both are still very prevalent today, there is also the option of dental implants. Implants have been around for decades and are great for restoring a single tooth or an entire mouth. Dental implants are done in a few steps. First, there is a consult with the restorative dentist as well as the surgeon who will be placing the implant to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for a successful implant. Then the implant is placed and a temporary appliance is placed if needed. After a period of healing and integration, usually lasting 4-6 months, the final restoration is inserted. Implants can be use to support single teeth, bridges and dentures. They are becoming much more commonplace and improving the standard of living for patients everywhere.