Dental implants are becoming more and more popular among patients who need to replace teeth. If you have been exploring restorative dentistry options, you may have already heard about the benefits of dental implants. Today our Lincoln Park dentists are going to be giving you more insight into the underlying structure of the dental implant. We hope that this explanation improves your understanding of how dental implants work and whom they can help.
When you look at a dental implant in a person’s mouth, the dental implant looks like a solid, whole, replacement tooth. However, in reality, every dental implant is comprised of three distinct parts.
1. The foundation of the dental implant is called the root. Each dental implant root is made of titanium, because titanium has the ability to osseointegrate with natural bone tissue. This means that, over time, the titanium or your root (which is implanted into your jawbone) will bond with your jawbone tissue—creating a stable base.
2. A piece called an abutment is placed on top of the titanium root. The abutment is a connector piece—it is designed to hold the implant root and the restoration together.
3. The final piece of the dental implant is the crown/restoration. This piece looks like a natural tooth. This piece also allows the dental patient to chew and speak naturally. Every implant restoration is designed to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. The crown completes the appearance and the functionality of the replacement tooth.
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry for patients of many ages. If you are missing teeth, our Lincoln Park dentists can help you reclaim a beautiful and strong smile. To get started, give our office a call, or submit a question and your contact information on our website.