Implants are used when there is a missing tooth or teeth and the patient does not wish to remove healthy tooth structure to make a bridge. Implants are easily completed in 3 phases. During your first phase, we will place the implant, which is a screw into the dental bone. The screw takes the place of the root in your other teeth. During phase 2 bone begins to grow around the screw stabilizing it. In phase 2 instead of attaching a permanent crown, we will attach temporary tooth to the screw to allow you time to heal, typically lasting 2-3 months. In phase 3, after healing, we will make a custom permanent crown to attach to the implant.