If a friend has told you that receiving a dental implant means the placement of one single product, this isn’t quite right. It’s accurate that we can replace the entirety of your missing tooth (including the roots as well as the crown). However, replacing your teeth with implants means relying on multiple steps and pieces to get the job done. Let’s provide you a quick overview of the details, so you can better visualize the components that restore your smile after tooth loss.
The Dental Implant
You may hear this term casually tossed around to refer to the entire tooth replacement but it’s actually just one of three essential pieces. The implant is a post made of titanium. Through the implantation of this post into your jawbone, we replace your missing tooth’s roots. The replacement is considered quite thorough because the implant will bond with your jaw tissue, allowing them to fuse together into one entity.
Now that you have replaced your roots with your dental implant, how to replace the remaining part of your tooth that people can see and that you need for chewing and speaking? We place what we call a restoration, which refers to the visible tooth replacement. For a single implant, we place a dental crown. For those who wish to restore multiple implants with a larger device, we may provide you with a partial denture, denture, or bridge made to be secured by implants.
Wondering how we connect your dental implant to your restoration of choice and ensure nothing budges? Well, your implant post won’t budge because it has bonded with your jaw tissue. The visible tooth replacement – or restoration – won’t budge because we connect it to your implant post with an accessory we refer to as an “abutment.”