Implants are a synthetic tooth replacement method. There are two parts to each implant. The part below the gums is called the implant and the part above the gums is called the crown. Once it has been decided that a tooth needs to be removed, a patient will be booked back to do so. A healing period of 6-8 weeks is generally indicated prior to the placement of a dental implant. The patient will be referred to a periodontist or oral surgeon for the placement of the implant and a healing period of 4-6 months is generally indicated. The implant will be covered with a healing cap during this time. When the implant has healed and integrated to the bone, it will provide a stable support for the crown. The patient will come back to our office for an impression of the implant, a crown will be fabricated in approximately 1 week, and then will be attached to the implant. Dental implants have the advantage of not having to drill adjacent teeth (the only site that will be worked on is the space where the tooth once was. This is especially important in cases where the teeth on either side of the space are healthy (without fillings or cavities). Implants also feel more like a natural tooth than a bridge and can generally look more esthetic. Implants are a growing field in modern dentistry and are becoming the standard of practice.