What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the only permanent replacement option for missing teeth. A dental implant actually refers to a small, bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone just below the gum line. This screw-like post will fuse with your jaw bone and serve as the artificial root for a prosthetic tooth.

The dental implant is restored with a dental crown if you are missing a single tooth, with a dental bridge if you are missing several teeth in a row, or with a denture if you are missing a whole row of teeth.

Parts of a Dental Implant

A dental implant is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth.

Implant post – This is the bottom part of the dental implant that is surgically implanted into your jaw bone. It sits just below the gum line. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. It’s made up of bio-compatible titanium that will eventually fuse to the jaw bone creating a permanent and secure bond.

This titanium post will act as the tooth root. Dr. Bradley Dean, a Plano, TX periodontist, will surgically place the dental implants at his dentist office.

Abutment – This is a small piece that connects to the implant post. The abutment will be attached to the implant post after it has fully fused to the bone. It usually takes around 3-6 months for the implant to heal and fuse. The abutment will screw right on to the implant post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.

Prosthetic tooth – The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth. They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place.\

The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Dental Implant Structure

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