Everyone is interested in dental implants but they often have trouble visualizing the process. I notice a lot of confusion about implants among prospective patients. You should know that the dental implant is that portion of the implant crown that is embedded in the bone and which acts like the root of a natural tooth (see diagram below). Typically an oral surgeon or periodontist performs the surgery to place the implant in the bone. The implant needs to heal, and several months later, the restorative dentist will place an abutment (or implant post) on top of the implant (see diagram below). And on top of the abutment an implant crown is attached (see diagram below). So the implant crown consists of three pieces: implant, abutment, and implant crown. But sure your dentist and surgeon explain the procedures and the costs for all three pieces – and be sure to budget for all three pieces!
Implant, Abutment, and Implant Crown