Dental implants are a highly popular treatment choice by patients with damaged, missing or unattractive teeth. They are designed to replicate a natural tooth as closely as possible, both in terms of function and aesthetics. This means that it is virtually impossible to tell if someone has dental implants, and the patient receiving them is able to eat, drink and talk perfectly normally as if they were his natural teeth.
As dental implants are so inconspicuous, unless you have seen one up close and before it has been put together, then you may not realise exactly how they are created.
A natural tooth comprises of two parts: the tooth and the tooth root. A large number of dental treatments focus on replacing just the tooth part – this is the visible part that you can see above the gum line. However, a tooth implant replaces both the tooth and the tooth root, making it an ultra-strong and secure treatment for fixing a great smile.A dental implant is actually made up of three separate parts. These are the implant post, the abutment and the tooth restoration. Let’s take a look at each part of the anatomy of a dental implant now.
The Implant Post
One of the reasons that many people who see images of dental implants online are put off, is because the implant post resembles a miniature version of a regular household screw. The post is made using titanium which as well as being very strong, is also completely compatible with the human body. This means that there is virtually no chance that your body will reject/push out the implant once it is in place. Ahead of surgery, your dentist will have decided exactly where these implant posts need to be placed. Once they are in their correct location, over time they will naturally become fused to your jaw bone, which
The second part of your implant is known as the abutment. This is a small piece of metal that will connect your implant post to the tooth
The Tooth Restoration
The crowning glory of your dental implants – literally – the tooth restoration is usually created as a porcelain crown and is carefully milled and colored to fit perfectly with your surrounding natural teeth. This anchors to the abutment and provides the final touch to your new, confident and happy smile.
What if I need more than one dental implant?
If you are missing multiple teeth, then your dentist may advise you to have an implant-supported bridge as opposed to a number of single crowns. Speak to your doctor for specific advice based on your personal dental requirements.
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