A single dental implant is often the best solution for replacing a missing or broken tooth. There are actually 3 parts to a single implant restoration:
- The Crown – the part of the replacement tooth that you actually see, often made from porcelain, giving the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
- The Abutment – a device that fits inside the Crown and secures it to the Dental Implant.
- The Dental Implant itself – a threaded titanium post that replaces the root of a tooth, and, over 2 to 6 months, fuses with the jawbone through a process called osteointegration. The dental implant serves as a foundation to keep the replacement tooth solidly in place.