If you’ve lost a tooth, Dr. Osuala may have recommended getting a dental implant to fill the empty space and allow 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, Dr. Osuala will make an impression of your existing teeth, and create a model of your 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 attached to the connector point (abutment) on your implant.
Replacement of a lost tooth is essential for a healthy mouth and a healthy body. It will provide you with increased aesthetics, of course, but will also improve your speech, ease of eating, and oral hygiene.