Dental implants are part of the deluxe dental services in our San Diego office. We use titanium inserts that take the place of tooth roots. They are surgically placed into the jaw where they heal into the bone. The portion of the metal insert that can be seen in the mouth is then fitted with an artificial replacement tooth (just like a porcelain ‘crown’ or ‘cap’). Because it is a complicated, multi-stage surgical procedure, dental implants can take up to 12 months from start to finish. However, this procedure will provide you with superior comfort and a bite and fit similar to your natural teeth.