What is a dental implant? An implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the upper or lower jaw to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It may also be used to hold in a removable denture. There are three different parts to an implant.
The implant its self is a titanium cylinder that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Once placed the implants takes about 4-6 months to integrate with the bone surrounding it. Once fused with your bone an implant is very stable and long lasting.
The abutment is a "connector" that is attached to the implant. Once placed, a crown is cemented in top of the abutment. To fabricated the abutment and crown an impression is taken to send to the lab.
The crown is the part of the implant you see visually in your mouth. It looks an acts like your other natural teeth.
Implants are a very good option to replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges, the surrounding teeth do not have to be touched to place an implant. You can also floss in between each tooth, where with a bridge you need to use special tools to get under the bridge. Implants are long last and durable.