A dental implant looks just like a screw or cylinder that can be painlessly inserted into the jaw bone. Over a short period of months (4-6), the implant and jawbone bond together or osseo-integrate. Dental implants are used to provide an bone anchor for dentures, crowns or bridges. An implant abutment can be screwed into the bone anchor/dental implant to complete the foundation for the new tooth or teeth. Implant trained dentists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists and periodontists place dental implants. Many orthodontists place TAD's or temporary anchorage devices that are used to provide temporary bone supported anchors to facilitate moving teeth. Doctor O is a certified orthodontist that is also trained as an implant dentist, certified by the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry). Please submit your questions about dental implants or orthodontics that may be helpful for you and other visitors to Braceshelp.com. Doctor O will post answers for many of the questions submitted by our subscribers.