Anatomy: Natural Teeth vs. Implant
The design of a dental implant is based on the design of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece commonly described as having two main parts. One part is the crown that sits above the gums. The second part is the root that sits securely in your jawbone. A dental implant treatment may involve several pieces. However, it may also be described as having two main parts. One part is the restoration that is custom fabricated to match the shape of a tooth crown. The second part is the implant that replaces the function of the natural tooth route. Implants are made of titanium. Unlike most materials our body normally accepts titanium without infection.
The dental implant is the part of the tooth that replicates the function of the tooth root. The abutment screws into the implant and serves as the foundation for the cosmetic porcelain crown.