Learning about the benefits of dental implants is something that fills most patients suffering from tooth loss with hope. After all, this tooth replacement solution can guide you toward a full tooth replacement (from roots to crown). However, while replacing your entire tooth sounds like a wonderful option, you may find yourself feeling a bit bogged down by the details. Before you delve any deeper into the specifics of treatment, we suggest you become familiar with the parts required to restore your smile.

Dental Implant Post

Though the term “dental implant” is used to represent a lot of different things, it is not, in fact, the entire tooth replacement. The implant is simply the titanium post. This part of the dental implant replaces your roots and sits within your jaw tissue and your gum tissue.

The Abutment

The implant post residing within your jawbone and gum tissue acts as the anchor and the support system for a visible tooth replacement. However, we cannot simply place a prosthetic on top of the post. To connect your prosthetic tooth or teeth to the implant, we will use an accessory called an abutment that joins the two together. The abutment sits within the top of the implant and protrudes beyond the gumline.

Dental Implant Restorations

This is the part of your tooth replacement solution that replaces the part of your tooth resting above your gumline. You will hear us refer to your “restoration” or to “restoring” your dental implant. If you choose a single implant, we will restore it with a dental crown. If you choose multiple implants, we may restore them with a bridge, partial denture, or full denture.


At Dental Associates of Corona, we welcome the whole family for friendly, comprehensive dental care. To learn more about our dental services, including preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry, as well as oral surgery and orthodontics, please contact us today at (951) 273-9580. We serve Corona and surrounding communities and look forward to scheduling an appointment that works with your calendar.