3 Components of a Dental Implant

3 Components of a Dental Implant

What happens when you lose an adult tooth and want to replace it? This is the kind of question you probably don’t consider until it happens to you. In the past, you didn’t have any great options. Dentures require a lot of upkeep and can’t do quite the same job as real teeth. Plus, they can’t replace a single tooth. Bridges provide more structure and act more like real teeth, but they aren’t permanent and need strong teeth around them to be useful.

Thankfully, implants are here to help the roughly 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth. Implants are the next best thing to real teeth because they look, feel, and act like natural teeth. Their structure is a key part of this, and learning the three components of a dental implant will show you why they may be right for you.

The experienced team at Fresh Dental Care, with three convenient locations in the Houston area, offers dental implants to restore your smile and boost your confidence. In this blog, we discuss implants, how they work, and the many benefits they can have on your smile and overall oral health.

The implant itself

This may sound repetitive, but a dental implant is made of three things, one of which is an implant. The implant is a titanium rod that is inserted into your jawbone during the first procedure you’ll undergo. It’s then given a few months to bond with your natural bone, a process called osseointegration. This bonding fully integrates the rod into the structure of your jawbone and provides the same kind of structure natural tooth roots would supply.

The abutment

After osseointegration is complete, the abutment can be placed. The abutment is a structure that acts as a kind of middleman between the implant and the crown that will serve as the replacement or false tooth. These connectors are placed on top of the implant in the gumline. The gums will heal around the abutment and partially hide it so that the final crown placement will look totally natural.

The crown

The crown of the tooth is what everyone will see once your implant is finished. Crowns are made from durable, tooth-colored material and will be permanently attached to the abutment. They are custom-made to match your teeth and fit your mouth and should feel no different than an actual tooth. The entire structure, from implant to crown, is incredibly strong and can serve as an anchor for dentures if needed.

The benefits of implants

Because implants act like normal teeth, they have many benefits not found with other replacement options, including:

Implants also do not impact your speaking ability.

Who is a good candidate?

Anyone with at least one missing tooth may be eligible to get implants. People who are good candidates include those who:

Our team at Fresh Dental Care will work with you to create a custom plan for restoring your smile.

To learn more about implants and if they are right for you, book an appointment at one of our Houston locations over the phone with Fresh Dental Care today.

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