Dental implants are metal anchors that take the place of tooth roots. They are surgically placed into the jawbone where they eventually heal into the bone itself. The portion of the anchor that protrudes from the gum line is then fitted with an artificial replacement tooth. Because it is a complicated, multi-stage surgical procedure, dental implants can take up to 18 months from start to finish. However, this procedure will provide you with superior comfort and a fit similar to your natural teeth.