Replacing a tooth can be accomplished with a dental implant. A dental implant restores the mouth to optimal function, stabilizing the surrounding bone, tissue and teeth by substituting the root structure of the missing tooth. This helps to prevent further, serious complications that can arise if the missing tooth is left untreated. First, the site is prepared for placing the dental implant. Next, the implant body is placed into the bone. Finally, the restoration is set into the implant and secured into place. With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while continuing to stabilize, protect and preserve the surrounding bone and tissue.