If you are considering getting dental implants in Palm Beach Gardens, the first thing you should know is how they work. There are different parts of an implant, including the post, temporary crown, abutment, and prosthetic tooth. Each different part of the implant is important, though only the post is permanent and cannot be removed. Here is some more information about each part of an implant for replacing your missing teeth.
The first part of a dental implant is the implant post. This is the part that is implanted into the jawbone occupying the space of the missing tooth and the reason why implants function just like normal teeth. The implant post has a screw that is placed into the jawbone, after which a temporary crown is placed on top and it is left to heal. The post must fuse together with your bone in a process called osseointegration, which takes about 3-6 months.
The temporary crown, also known as a healing cap, is what is placed over the top of your tooth after the implant post is placed. This is worn for a few months while healing takes place and until osseointegration is complete. The temporary crown is worn just after the implant procedure and before placing the abutment.
The next part of a dental implant in the Palm Beach Gardens area is the abutment. After healing has begun with the implanted post, your dentist will place an abutment on the top of the implant. This is a metal piece that helps the post attach to the final prosthetic tooth that will go on top and act as the structure of the tooth. This may be seen over the gum line until the healing is complete.
The final stage of the dental implant process is getting the prosthetic tooth. Your Palm Beach Gardens dentist will have a tooth created that is like a permanent crown to be placed on the top of the abutment piece. This is the final tooth you have for about 10-15 years before being replaced. It is the tooth everyone else sees, and they will no longer be able to see the abutment piece.
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