A Dental Implant can be used to replace almost any missing tooth if there is enough bone at the site of the missing tooth. If there isn't enough bone, there is a procedure that can be performed to assist in the regeneration of the lost bone so the dental implant can be placed safely.
The Dental Implant is surgically placed in the bone below the gumline. A temporary abutment (or post) may be placed on the dental implant through the healing process. A temporary crown is typically made to fill in the space of the missing tooth.
When the healing is complete, the permanent abutment is attached to the dental implant.
The final step is the cementing of the permanent crown, made by the laboratory to match your other teeth. The tooth has been replaced without disturbing or damaging the healthy teeth next to it and bone loss has been eliminated.