Implants are a recommended treatment to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth and are more durable than bridges.   Dr. Cook will refer patients to a local oral surgeon or Periodontist for the actual implant to be placed in the mouth. The patient will return to Cook Family Dentistry after the healing process where the doctors will finish the implant process by placing an abutment and crown on top of the implant.  The implant mimics the root of the missing tooth, the abutment mimics the tooth portion of the mouth to which a crown is permanently cemented on to. Implants can be used to assist bridges and to help stabilize dentures. Implants are great options because they do not affect any other teeth.