Dental Implants 101—Revealing the Mystery of the Dental Implant
- Posted on: Mar 7 2014
It’s normal to be leery of the unknown. Unfortunately, that’s why some people put off much needed dental assistance. Is that you? Don’t let it be that way! Be sure you understand the options available.
Shedding Light on Dental Implants
You’ve probably heard dental implants bring a lot to the table in addressing toothless grins—the durability, functionality, long-term results, and amazing aesthetics. For these reasons, dentists often recommend dental implants to patients. But how does a dental implant work? Let’s pull back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes reveal of the basic elements making up the “mysterious” dental implant procedure.
The 3 Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants have grown to be a patient favorite compared to other available dental restorations. Here’s why:
- Implant root—This titanium, bio-compatible screw is surgically attached to the jawbone with delicate precision. Over time it fuses and becomes a permanent part of your bone, also known as osseointegration. Anchored within the jaw, it can provide decades of complete surface stability while preventing bone deterioration often encountered with tooth loss.
- Abutment—Once the implant root/screw is securely locked into place, a titanium piece is attached to the installed “root” and works as the middle-man between the root and the crown.
- Crown—A custom-made, durable porcelain tooth that’s securely attached to the abutment and serves to fill the void left from your missing natural tooth. A crown is similar to natural teeth in both appearance and strength. It’s magnificent in enhancing the appearance of your smile, while not advertising “Here’s an artificial tooth!”
Understanding the anatomy of a dental implant reveals why it’s the superior choice for resolving tooth loss. With years of experience and the utilization of high-tech implant technology, Dr. Hugh Flax is an expert in implant dentistry through Atlanta and nationwide. Stop hiding your smile and book your appointment with us today.
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