A dental implant is a device specially designed to be the replacement for a missing tooth with a very natural look and feel. A dental implant is a device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular (lower) or maxillary (upper) jaw bone as a means of providing for replacement of a missing tooth. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth and are used to support crowns, bridges and fixed dentures. Dental implants normally look and feel like your own teeth, which typically makes them a superior restoration as compared to dentures. Our periodontists may complete the placement of the implant, with the restorative component completed by our general dentist, or they may complete both portions, depending on the individual case.