Dental Implant Parts
Patients who are considering dental implants as a solution for missing or damaged teeth should be sure to understand both the components of a dental implant and the various stages of placing a dental implant procedure.
A dental implant contains three different components which include the body, the abutment, and the porcelain crown. The body of the implant, which is also called the implant post, is created from titanium. This is the same type of expensive and durable material which is used to create racing cars. Titanium is an excellent option for dental implants as it is lightweight, extremely durable, and is also biocompatible. Because of the biocompatible material used, is highly uncommon for the human body to reject the implant. Below is a summary of each implant component in addition to a description of the role the component plays in the overall dental implant procedure.
- Stage 1: The body of the implant is securely placed into the area of the gum where the missing tooth was located. The placement of the body is a short surgical process. The body is typically cylindrical in its shape and looks similar to a screw. The dentist or surgeon will make a small incision in the gum and drill a hole into the bone where the implant body will be placed. The gums are then closed using sutures and the implant will heal on its own. During the healing process, the surrounding bone grows over the implant and fuses to the body in order to create a sturdy platform which is capable of supporting a prosthetic tooth.
- Stage 2: Once the implant is completely stable and fused to the surrounding bone. The gum is then re-opened and the abutment is secured into place with the use of a screw or cement. This acts as a method for attaching the prosthetic crown to the implant post. A temporary crown is attached to the abutment to allow the gums and jaw bone adequate time to heal.
- Stage 3: Once the abutment is fully healed, the permanent dental crown is fitted and the dental implant restoration process is finished. While it can vary for each patient and depend on various factors, the entire procedure typically takes about 6 to 9 months. In more severe and complicated cases, the process can take more than a year. Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, however, they are certainly not a quick fix.
There are many benefits associated with dental implants. A primary benefit is that the implant is a permanent fixture in the mouth. As a result, the implant looks incredibly natural and functions just like a natural tooth. When they are properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime. Because the implant replaces the root of the missing tooth and stimulates the gum, it preserves the structure of the jaw. Implants are also relatively easy to maintain through good oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and routine dental visits.
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