Dental implants are quickly beginning to rise in popularity as the best possible treatment for missing teeth. The reason for this is the fact that dental implants are capable of providing natural looking replacement teeth that work and feel just like your real teeth do. With results this good, it’s no wonder that more and more patients are beginning to ask about dental implants; in particular, exactly what dental implants are. Today, dental implants Nashville dentists, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are writing from their office give an overview of the three main pieces that make up a dental implant and how each fits into the implant process.
The Three Pieces of a Dental Implant
While there are dental implants that come in only two pieces, the most commonly used form of implant is actually made up of three pieces. These three pieces include:
The Implant Fixture
The first part of the dental implant to be placed is the implant fixture. Taking the place of your missing tooth root, the implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth during the implant procedure. While it heals, a process called osseointegration works to fuse your implant fixture to your jawbone. This process is only possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy that your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural.
The second part of the dental implant to be placed is the abutment. The abutment works to connect the restoration crown to your implant fixture. While it can be possible to have the abutment attached directly after the implant procedure, it is more common to wait until after the recovery period before it is attached. Much like the implant fixture, the abutment is also typically made from titanium.
The Restoration Crown
The last part of the dental implant to be placed is the crown that will top it. What makes our crowns special is the fact that we custom make them for every patient. By using scans we take of their remaining natural teeth, we can match each patient’s crowns to the rest of their teeth, allowing them to fit in perfectly. In fact, our crowns look so good that, once they are in place, no one will even be able to tell the difference between your artificial and natural teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation in Nashville, TN
Each piece of a dental implant works together with the others to provide the best possible replacement teeth for our patients in the Nashville area. The reason we recommend treatment for missing teeth using dental implants is because implants are the only solution for missing teeth that work and feel just like your natural teeth do. If you would like to find out whether or not you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant providers, Dr. Elam, Dr. Vaughan, and Dr. Fleming today. We look forward to working with you soon!