Find out what makes up a dental implant and how they work.
Want to know more about getting dental implants from your St. Charles dentist Dr. John Isbrandt? Discover what makes a dental implant so successful in replacing a missing tooth!
Dental implants are made up of three different components:
- The implant
- The abutment
- A dental crown
The implant is the metal post that is placed into the jawbone and acts just like a tooth root. The key to what makes an implant successful lies in what it’s made from. Most implants are made from titanium. Titanium is known to have a unique relationship with natural human tissue and bones.
The implant is placed into a small hole drilled into the jawbone and then given several weeks to heal. During this time a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is when the surrounding bone and tissue bond and fuse with the implant, which is only possible because of the type of metal used. This is the basis for how a dental implant is so successful at replacing a missing tooth.
The abutment is screwed on top of the implant, where it sits above the gums. An abutment serves as a connector between the implant, which lies below the gums and the dental crown, which replaces your missing tooth. An abutment can be made from metal or porcelain, but porcelain tends to be more popular, as it looks more natural and tooth-like than its metal counterpart.
The Dental Crown
A dental crown is used for a multitude of cosmetic dental treatments including after root canal treatment or even to help support dental bridges. Your St. Charles dentist will also attach a dental crown to the abutment to permanently replace your missing tooth. While a dental crown can be made from everything from metal amalgam to ceramic, patients tend to choose options like porcelain, which are still durable but look more like a natural tooth.
Want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your St. Charles dentist. Give our office a call today!