Replacing a tooth can be accomplished with a dental implant. A dental implant restores your 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. Second, the implant body is placed into the bone. Next, the abutment, the base of your new tooth, is placed into the implant body and the crown is cemented onto the abutment. 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.