For patients looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants can be both an effective and alternative treatment. Implants produce structural support for individual crowns, bridges or dentures. In addition, implants serve as an artificial root that new teeth can be joined to. They are normally comprised of titanium, a safe and durable material that effectively becomes bonded to the bone. The typical method of inserting dental implants involves three significant parts: insertion of the implant, osseointegration (the amount of time necessary to join the implant to the jawbone), and the joining of the implant to the restoration.