Unlike fillings or crowns that are bonded to the tooth, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gum line. After the implant is placed, and the bone has healed around it for a period of time, an artificial, natural-looking crown is attached to it. This crown may be screw or cement-retained to the implant. Over time, your bone and gum will continue to grow around the implant, providing it with extra stability.
Multiple implants can also be used together to form a bridge, or to support a denture. Please don't hesitate to ask Dr. Mason or Dr. Weber to explain all of these available options to you.