A restoration can involve a single tooth or several teeth, many of which can be attached to a single implant. The implant is inserted into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration.
This process takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
Once the gum has healed and fusion has taken place the implant is then ready for the attachment of a metal abutment. This device acts as an anchor for the restoration. There are several types of abutments which are designed to blend in with your natural teeth.
The dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a mould which contains dental putty. You will be asked to bite into this putty so that the dentist has an imprint of your teeth.
This impression is sent to a laboratory for them to produce your new restoration. You will be fitted with a temporary restoration during this time.
This process is the same for both a single crown and multiple crowns.