Dental implants can be a great option for many people who are missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth. When cared for properly dental implants can last a lifetime because of their durability. Also, as opposed to a bridge or denture, implants can prevent bone loss in the jaw by providing the pressure and stimulation needed to maintain healthy bone structure. Once fully healed, a dental implant has comparable strength to a natural tooth.