A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant.
Visit the American Academy of Implant Dentistry website for more information on this procedure. An oral surgeon or periodontist places the root of the implant and Dr. Brooks places the crown and custom abutment.