Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to in order to place the new tooth. The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. After the implant is placed the gum is sutured. The implant must be allowed about 4-6 months to heal, and during this time the bone of the jaw will form around the implant. After healing, an impression is made of the implant and sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. Once it has returned from the laboratory, the crown or top of the tooth will be affixed to the implant. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary.