Dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health after oral trauma or disease.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root, usually made of titanium, in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. A replacement tooth, either permanent or removable, is then fixed to the post.
Single or Multiple Implants
If you are only missing one tooth, one implant and replacement tooth is enough; however, if you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Dental implants are the closest you can get to having your tooth back. It is super strong, super stable and long lasting. Because it does not rely on neighboring teeth for support it removes the need to involve them in any way. And unlike dentures it does not move or put stress on other teeth.
This is the intervening part between the post and the crown. It connects the crown to the post. It is necessary, when the crown needs an intermediary guide to more optimally align and or retain the crown to the post.
THE ANATOMY OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
The Post – The post is a medical-grade titanium screw to act as a root for your new teeth.
The Crown – The crown is the part of the tooth that you can see, usually made of porcelain.
Abutment – Abutment is what joins the crown to the post. It is necessary at times to more optimally guide and align the crown to the post
Your replacement teeth need to be treated the same as your natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing and the same amount of regular check-ups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.