Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option when a person is missing one or multiple teeth because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. The implant is often stronger than the patient’s original tooth and should “out-live” the patient regardless of age. Furthermore, implants are not susceptible to decay. Patients with dental implants simply treat the implant like their other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. The process of having a dental implant placed consists of two phases: 1) a surgical phase and 2) a restorative phase. At Benson Dental Group both phases can be completed in our office, eliminating the need to travel to another office for the surgical phase as is most common. During the surgical phase the implant body is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate (or bond) with the bone over a few months. Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office for the restorative phase where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. Additionally, dental implant can be used to stabilize and retain dentures. Dental implants generally take anywhere from three to eight months depending on each patient’s situation.