Dental implants are becoming more and more common. They are a long term tooth replacement option as they do not decay. An implant is composed of three parts, the titanium root or screw which is placed down in the bone and given approximately 4 months to heal and integrate or fuse to the bone. After Dr. Mitchell or your Oral Surgeon completes a stability check (makes sure the implant has fused), you will then have a scan or impression done to create the next two pieces. A custom abutment will be made. This piece screws down into the implant which creates a stable base for the crown to attach to. Your crown will then be made to ideally fit your mouth and cemented on top of the custom abutment.
Implants are not a quick fix and do require time to heal, but are well worth the wait.