A dental implant is biocompatible titanium tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone. It serves as a support base for a crown, that’s custom made for each patient. The crown is attached to the implant by a connector called an abutment. Teeth naturally preserve the integrity of our jaw bones. Once teeth are removed, our jaw bones shrink. Fortunately, dental implants have the added benefit of preserving this jawbone, which is crucial to maintaining healthy and youthful facial features. Before having a tooth removed, ask if you are a candidate for dental implants.