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Replacing a tooth can be accomplished with a dental implant. A dental implant restores your mouth to optimal function; stabilizing with surrounding bone, tissue, and teeth by substituting the root structure of the missing tooth. This helps prevent further serious complications that can arise if a missing tooth is left untreated. First, the sight is prepared for placing the dental implant. Second, the implant body is placed into the bone. Next, the abutment, the base of your new tooth, is placed into the implant body and a crown is cemented on to the abutment. With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimum shape and function; while continuing to stabilize, protect, and preserve the surrounding bone and tissue.