When restoring a missing tooth with a dental implant, there are three components that make up the dental implant replacement system. The dental implant is a coated titanium “replacement root” that is placed into the bone of your jaw.
Over time, bone will grow to the dental implant fusing it into place. The abutment is placed in the dental and is the component over which the crown is placed, so it acts like a connector between the implant and the crown. The dental crown is the component that is seen above the gums.
Crowns can be made of several different materials depending on esthetic and strength demands. Crown can be screw-retained or cement retained.