Dental implants have changed dentistry forever. Simply put, an implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. This opens up a new world of options for treating any number of dental problems.
While we can use implants to support bridges, dentures, and full arch restorations if needed, the most common use for implants is the replacement of a single tooth. In general, there are three parts to an implant restoration. For a single tooth replacement, the surgeon places the implant below the gumline and, after allowing an appropriate time for healing, we fabricate an abutment which is screwed into the implant itself. The abutment functions to support the third part of the restoration, the crown.