Dental implants have now become the standard of care for a single tooth replacement and for other modes of treatment. Therefore, if a tooth is lost due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease, a dental implant is a very viable option for the replacement of that tooth. It really is the closest thing we have for replacing your tooth in order to return it to its natural state. Once you have a dental implant placed, it will feel like your own natural tooth and will probably last you for a lifetime. The reason for this is the fact that a dental implant is a mostly all metal system that will not get decay! Also the added benefit of being able to floss on each side of the tooth implant is a plus. Below is a view of a dental implant by a well known manufacturer, Straumann. This shows you a picture of what a dental implant looks like and the different components. When dealing with a dental implant, you have to be aware that there are three parts. The dental implant itself, the abutment which extends the dental implant, this is the part that connects the crown to the implant and lastly, the dental crown itself which is cemented on to the abutment.