Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement option that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. If you have thought about getting dental implants, but you haven’t moved forward with the process yet, it is important that you understand the three main parts these dental devices are made up of.
1. The abutment. Usually made out of porcelain, gold, or titanium, the abutment is joined with the implant with a screw. The abutment is cut so that it resembles a natural tooth in order for the crown to fit on top of it.
2. The restoration. Otherwise known as a crown, the restoration is the part of a dental implant that looks like a natural tooth. Typically, the crown is either cemented or screwed onto the abutment. If the abutment and the crown are screwed together, composite will usually be placed on top of the screw hole to create a natural look.
3. The implant. This part is made out of titanium and is directly placed in the lower or upper jawbone.
Keep in mind that the implant process takes more than one quick visit to our office. In most cases, dental implants can be completed within five to six months, depending on whether the implant is going in the upper or lower jaw. However, if the bone in the jaw needs to be built up first, the process can take up to a year.