If you’ve lost a tooth, your dentist may have recommended a dental implant to fill the empty space, which allows for optimal function of your teeth. The dental implant itself is only a replacement for the root of the lost tooth, so after it has been placed, you’ll still need to get a restoration, or replacement tooth.
Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
To make the new tooth or teeth, an impression is needed of your existing teeth and bite. The new restoration, most typically a crown, will be based on this model, so it will blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. The crown is then attached to the connector point (abutment) on your implant.
For more information or if you are interested in implants, please talk to the doctor during your routine visit for the best course of action.