Over the last decade plus, we have become a leader in cosmetic dentistry and have successfully placed dental implants for scores of patients. During this time we have stressed the importance of making sure that our patients are fully educated about all aspects of each procedure. This dedication ensures that patient outcomes are more positive and that patient comfort is maximized. If we’re placing a dental implant in your mouth, we think you should know what we’re putting inside your body. After all, our hope is that this implant will be a permanent fixture of your teeth for decades to come.
There are three main parts to a dental implant:
1. The Fixture
The fixture is the bottom of the implant and is the part that is physically embedded below the gum line, fusing with the jawbone to become a permanent part of your smile. The fixture is made of titanium and has a cylindrical, screw-shaped design. The fixture is often coated with a material known as hydroxyapatite, which can assist with the osseointegration (fusion) process.
2. The Abutment
The abutment is the small portion that lies right around the gum line. Once the osseointegration (fusion) process has been completed, the abutment is screwed into the fixture and will eventually hold the dental work that becomes part of your smile.
3. The Prosthesis
The prosthesis is the dental work that is done on top of the abutment, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This piece is cemented or screwed into the abutment if the prosthesis is a crown or bridge, or snapped onto the abutment if the prosthesis is a denture.
Dental implants are designed and constructed to be extremely strong and able to last decades, becoming a permanent fix for missing or chipped teeth and giving you back the smile you want.
If you have any questions about Dental Implants or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.