Multiple practices at UT Dentistry perform dental implants, which involve replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth that is permanently anchored in your jawbone. The anchor is usually made of metal or another material that can be permanently set in the place where your old tooth's root once resided in your jaw. Once the dental implants have healed, your dentist will fabricate replacement teeth that look similar in shape and color to the surrounding teeth. Dental implants must be placed in stages. You'll need multiple visits to complete the process of replacing the tooth.