Have you ever taken the time to look at a dental implant? Looks awfully familiar, right? That’s because dental implants are structured to look much like one of your natural teeth. After all, why fix something that isn’t broken? Part of the reason dental implants work so well for restoring your missing teeth is because they are modeled to work and feel just like one of your natural teeth. Today, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from Gainesville, FL to give a general overview of the pieces that make up a dental implant and how each one fits into the implant process.
The Pieces Behind the Masterpiece that is a Dental Implant
There are many different forms that a dental implant can take. While there are some implants that come in two pieces, the most common type of dental implant uses three. These pieces include:
The Implant Fixture
The implant fixture is the most important piece of a dental implant because this is the part that will replicate your missing tooth root. Placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth, the implant fixture is accepted by your body as a natural piece of your jaw structure because of a process called osseointegration. This process happens during the recovery period of the implant process, and is only possible because titanium, the metal used to make the implant fixture, is not recognized by the body as an unnatural material.
The abutment is the next part to be placed during the implant process. This piece is usually attached to the implant fixture after the recovery period, though there are some situations where it may be placed directly after the implant procedure. The purpose of the abutment is to connect the replacement tooth to the implant fixture. Much like the implant fixture, the abutment is also typically made from titanium.
The Replacement Tooth
The final part of the dental implant to be placed is the replacement tooth that will top it. We are proud to say that we custom make our replacement teeth for each patient based on impressions we take of their remaining natural teeth. By doing it this way, we can provide our patients with beautiful restorations that fit in perfectly among their natural teeth. In fact, our replacement teeth are so good, that we have patients who have mentioned that once their replacement teeth were in place, none of their family and friends were even able to tell the difference between their artificial and natural teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Altschuler
As you can see, each part that makes up a dental implant works together to provide our patients with the best possible restorations for their missing teeth. Only dental implants are capable of providing a permanent treatment for missing teeth that is both comfortable and reliable. If you would like to learn more about the pieces that make up a dental implant or why you should choose implants for your treatment, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Altschuler, today. We look forward to helping you begin the journey to a complete, restored smile soon!