What Are Dental Implants?
A healthy smile plays a vital role in the way you look and feel, but millions of people are affected by a change in appearance and health due to missing teeth. Fortunately, the innovation of dental implants is available as an optimal solution for tooth replacement that can help replace the look and function of your natural teeth. By acting as substitute tooth roots, dental implants provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth that stay securely in place, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
For over forty years, dental implants have been used successfully as a treatment option to permanently replace one or more missing teeth, as well as all teeth in the lower and upper jaws. Dental implants are small screws made of titanium, a metal accepted by the body and well documented for its ability to heal together with bone tissue. Once placed in the jawbone, dental implants act as artificial tooth roots that provide a stable base for single tooth crowns, larger bridges or dentures.
Parts of a Dental Implant
Implant: The root for the new tooth
The titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone to form the foundation of new tooth is referred to as the “dental implant.” The length and diameter of the dental implant used can vary depending on the amount of bone present and the jaw size of each individual patient.
Abutment: Post for the new crown
The abutment is made of either titanium or ceramic and is attached to the implant to create a post, which the new crown is attached to and supported by.
Restoration: The finished product
Once the dental implant and the abutment are in place in either the lower or upper jaw, the crown, bridge or full prosthesis can then be securely attached in place for a tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth.