If you have been considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth but need more research before you pursue your dream smile, look no further than this page dedicated entirely to the anatomy of a dental implant. Here, you will learn all about the different parts that make up a dental implant and how they work to bring you that permanent, low maintenance smile that you’ve been reading and hearing about. Dental implants not only restore beauty to your smile, but they can also improve your overall oral and physical health by preventing decay and disease. Read along to learn all about the dental implant and how it works to bring your pearly whites back into the spotlight!
Dental Implant Parts
Most tooth replacement options only focus on the tooth so there is always the possibility of oral ailments affecting not the prosthetic tooth but the tooth root beneath, making it especially likely that the tooth root will be compromised and damaged which leads to jaw deterioration. That’s where dental implants come in; unlike a natural tooth which is made up of two main parts that keep it in place in our mouths, the tooth, and the tooth root, dental implants are comprised of three main parts. Dental implants are made up of a prosthetic tooth, an artificial tooth root, and an abutment.
Below we have thoroughly explained each part of the implant for your understanding so you can feel comfortable with knowing exactly what is going into your mouth.
Artificial Tooth Root
The artificial tooth root is actually made from a lightweight titanium implant that looks very similar to a tiny screw. The reason for it being made from titanium is because this material is biocompatible with the human body, so it will not be rejected. Dr. Ajmo will carefully calculate and measure exactly where the titanium post should be to replace the function of your natural tooth root. It is after the implantation that the titanium post will fuse with the jawbone to make a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic tooth above; this process is more commonly known as osseointegration. While the artificial tooth root is not visible once it is implanted, it is still considered the most important part in the dental implant as it keeps it all together for a long-lasting result.
Once the implant has been applied and has begun to heal and fuse together with the jawbone for a permanent fit, the abutment will be attached to the artificial tooth root implant. The abutment acts as a small metal piece that connects the tooth root and the prosthetic tooth together. For a while, the abutment may protrude above the gum line until the permanent tooth restoration has been designed to fit your mouth perfectly. Dr. Ajmo may have a temporary crown ready for you while your permanent tooth replacement is carefully custom-designed and color-matched to frame and blend in with your smile.
Once you lose a tooth, your smile begins to shift; your existing teeth can move out of place, your soft-tissue and jawbone can deteriorate, and the gap left in your gums can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Replacing your tooth with a dental implant not only supports your jaw and the rest of your teeth, but it also makes it much easier to brush and floss to protect against plaque and bacterial buildup. A missing tooth can make it difficult to chew, eat, and speak normally, but dental implants make your smile whole again, to make those everyday functions easy and natural. Maybe your confident smile has been tarnished by an unwanted gap. Boost your self-esteem and express yourself with pride by replacing your teeth with a dental implant. The benefits you can experience from this procedure are limitless, and Dr. Ajmo’s renowned expertise and success can help you enjoy them.