A dental implant is not a tooth, it is a tooth root. A dental implant can be used to hold a tooth (dental crown), just as a tooth root can be used to hold a dental crown.
One of the most perplexing problems with dental implants is the esthetic issue of how to make the dental implant crown appear as a natural tooth. Implant dentistry has had to deal with the metal margin around the base of the dental crown which sits on top of the dental implant.
With esthetics and general health being a driving force, Implant Dentistry’s engineering and biological design evolution has developed solutions to these challenges for both the dental profession and general health of the patient.
In this picture, tooth #6 failed, therefore a tooth extraction was done, in its place we see a healed dental implant. The tooth to the left is a crown on a dental implant and to the right is the nub remaining after tooth #7 was prepared for a dental crown. Both the dental implant and the tooth root will have dental crowns covering them. This is a perfect example of the difference between dental implants and dental implant restorations. Dental implants are in essence man made tooth roots.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A