Do you or a loved one have a missing tooth? Many people are tired of removable teeth like partials or dentures. If you don’t have a back tooth, a dental bridge may not be an option. Thus, to fill space and give you more teeth, dental implants are a wonderful option. After a tooth is removed carefully and without destroying the surrounding bone, a dental implant may be placed. Implant placement is less uncomfortable than tooth extraction and requires about one hour. Your body will grow bone around the implant over the course of 4-6 painless months. When the implant is stable, an abutment and crown can be custom made for your bite! As you’ll see below, there are 3 pieces to a dental implant.
A dental implant has the implant body (screw or man-made root), an abutment and a crown. The implant body goes in the bone, will the abutment is screwed into the implant body. Lastly a crown is cemented or secured with a screw into the abutment or implant body. Recent research has shown it is preferable to attach the crown to the implant with a screw rather than cementing but both ways of attachment are acceptable.
Can you find the dental implant in the photo? This patient had a front tooth replaced with a dental implant. We were proud to make her smile beautiful again!