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 realize exactly how they are created.
A natural tooth has 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 is not only very strong but 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 the 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 jawbone, which provides robust support for the rest of your implant to be fitted. Implant posts are not visible, but play the biggest role in creating your new smile.
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 restoration and is only fitted once your implant post has healed and begun to fuse to your jawbone. Once in place, the abutment is usually slightly visible above the gum line until the tooth restoration is added. There are a variety of different abutment shapes and these depend on which type of tooth restoration you choose.
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.