Understanding The Basics Of Implant Dentistry
If you’re interested in replacement teeth, and have been exploring dental implant surgery, you may have some serious questions about the process of surgery, and how do these artificial teeth replace your natural teeth.
One of the most common questions asked is “What are dental implants made of”? So, in this article, we’ll go over the anatomy of a dental implant, step by step, and answer all of your questions about how an artificial tooth is made and placed with a dental implant.
The Anatomy Of A Dental Implant – Breaking Down The Basics
A “dental implant” actually has three different parts, which are often made of different implant materials. Let’s discuss each part of the dental implant now.
- The Dental Implant – The actual dental implant is usually made of titanium or a titanium alloy. Regardless of the type of material used, the dental implant is a rod-shaped piece of material, designed to take the place of your missing tooth root. It is placed into the gum line and jaw using a surgical process – and once healed, it provides a stable surface upon which the abutment and crown can rest. This is because a titanium dental implant has a unique ability to bond with jaw and gum tissue. During the implant healing process, the surrounding bone actually bonds with, and around the implant, locking it in place securely. This means that your artificial tooth will seem quite natural when it’s attached – the implant won’t move, shift, or become dislodged.
- The Abutment – After placing the implant, and waiting for it to heal, another dental prosthesis called an abutment is placed on the existing dental implant. This abutment, as the name suggests, is designed to project past the gum line and into the mouth, providing a platform upon which the artificial teeth can be placed. This is where the final dental crown is attached, to complete the dental implant process. Usually, the abutment is also made out of titanium. However, other materials may be used. In some cases, the abutment and the crown may be placed together, at the same time.
- The Crown – The crown is the final piece of the puzzle for a dental implant. When your mouth has healed after the surgery, impressions and pictures of your teeth will be taken to create a dental crown from a ceramic material. Special care is taken to ensure that the tooth has an appropriate shape and colour so it looks and feels as natural as possible. Once your dental implant has healed, the crown is placed on the abutment, ensuring a secure hold, and that the tooth will not slip during activities like eating, drinking, or speaking.
These are the 3 elements of every dental implant. However, it’s important to note that dental implants and abutments do not have to be used to support individual crowns, and replace just one missing tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to support a bridge or denture. Two dental crowns can be used to hold a dental bridge in place – and products like All-On-Four use 4-6 dental implants to hold sets of dentures in place.
So, whether you’re missing just one tooth – or quite a few – a dental implant may be the best way to restore your smile.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Yes. Dental implants are very safe, and have a fantastic success rate.
Got questions about the process of healing after a dental implant is placed? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, one of the main drawbacks of dental implants is that they take a while to heal completely as the process of osseointegration (the implant bonding with the bone and gum) is quite long.
However, given the fact that dental implants are long lasting, this is not a huge inconvenience. In addition, you won’t be in pain for most of this process – the discomfort of oral surgery usually goes away quite quickly.
If You have Got More Dental Implant Questions, Please Contact Central Periodontics Now!
At Central Periodontics, we are the experts in the placement of dental implants. Our specialist periodontist, Dr. Bikram Sethi, has years of experience treating patients with high-quality dental implants. You can trust us to deliver the best service at very reasonable prices.
Do you have other questions about the dental implant process? Not sure if an implant is right for you? We’re here to help. Contact us now to schedule an appointment and consultation. Dr. Sethi and our team would be happy to discuss your restorative dentistry goal, and whether or not a dental implant is right for you.
For Central Periodontics & Dental Implants Canberra please call 02 6247 6555.
*Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.