If you have ever really taken the time to look at a dental implant, you may notice that it looks a lot like one of your natural teeth. In fact, the pieces that make one up tend to be structured in order to perfectly replicate your natural teeth. This is part of the reason dental implants work so well; they are made to work and feel just like any one of your remaining natural teeth. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to give a general overview of the pieces that make a dental implant and the order in which they are placed in the implant process.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants come in many different shapes and sizes. While there are implants that come in only two pieces, the most common form of dental implant is made up of three different parts. These parts include:
The Implant Fixture
This is the most important part of the dental implant as this is the piece that will be used to replicate your natural tooth root. During the implant procedure, the implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth. While healing, osseointegration occurs, which is the process of the implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and gums as a natural piece of your oral anatomy. This process is only possible because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which your body will not recognize as a foreign material.
The abutment is the second part of the dental implant to be placed during the process. The purpose of the abutment is to serve to connect the replacement tooth to the implant fixture. While it can be possible to place the abutment directly after the implant procedure, it is more common to wait until after the recovery period before it is attached. Like the implant fixture, the abutment is typically made from titanium.
The Restoration Tooth
Once the implant fixture has had enough time to properly heal, you will return to our practice to have the final piece of your dental implant placed. Our restoration teeth are special because they are custom made for each patient based on impressions we take of their remaining natural teeth. As a result of this process, we are able to provide our patients with beautiful replacement teeth that are able to fit in perfectly with their remaining natural teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher
As you can see, each piece of a dental implant works together with the rest in order to provide the best possible replacement teeth for our patients. Only dental implants are capable of providing permanent, beautiful replacement teeth that function and feel just like natural teeth. If you would like to learn more about the various pieces that make up a dental implant and how they function to better your smile, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Steven Hatcher, today.