Dental implants are an esthetic alternative to bridgework and dentures to replace missing teeth. Single tooth implants look and feel much like your natural teeth. Implants can also be used to anchor a denture in place.
The implant process involves a surgical phase, where the implant is placed under local anesthetic and allowed to heal for a period; and a restorative phase where a porcelain crown is placed on the implant.
The restorative phase of the implant process involves placing an abutment (connector) and a crown on top of the implant. This is the phase where the tooth or teeth are replaced.
Implant dentistry has come a long way recently. In many cases, an implant can be restored with a tooth, overdenture, or fixed bridge in one day.