Implants are an artificial tooth root replacement and are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Implants are preferred over bridges and partials due to the fact that they do not use the adjacent teeth as anchors. They preserve the bone and prevent the bone from receding, which may cause jaw and bite issues. Implants generally last a lifetime if well maintained. At Elegant Smiles, a 3D x-ray is taken to determine which is the best size implant for you. Rather than free hand our implant placements, we use computer guided precision technology to create surgical guides that allow for precise placement of the implant.