Many dentists consider dental implants the best option for replacing a tooth. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth both above and below the gum line, effectively preserving the health of your jawbone. Alternative teeth replacement options only replace the tooth above the gum line. Dr. Ivan Chan and the team at Glendale Dental Wellness would like to tell you more about dental implants. When discussing a dental implant, you might think it is just one component that is surgically implanted into your jaw, but the reality is that a dental implant is actually made of three parts that work together to make the whole implant. Let’s learn more about these now.
The implant post is the piece of the dental implant that is embedded into the jawbone. This is a surgical procedure which will require several weeks to heal. While you heal, the implant post will fuse to your jawbone via osseointegration. This is a vital step in the dental implant process. It not only creates the strong anchor needed for your implant, but it also promotes a healthy jawbone.
The implant abutment is attached to the implant post. The abutment’s role is to allow the tooth prosthetic to be attached to the implant. The choice of abutment is dependent on the implant system and tooth restoration. The abutment used for a dental crown will differ from that used for an implant-supported denture.
The prosthesis used for a dental implant can vary depending on your need. Crowns, bridges, and dentures can all be attached to a dental implant. Single implants will use a dental crown, whereas multiple implants can be placed to support a bridge or denture. A crown or bridge is a permanent dental solution that can only be removed by a dentist, while a denture is a removable option.