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What is a dental implant?

At Surdel Dental Centre, our Delta and Surrey dentists are able to use dental implants to help restore the function and appearance of patients’ smiles. If you’re considering options for tooth replacement, you may be wondering about the parts of a dental implant. Here’s an explanation. 

Thinking about getting dental implants?

If you are looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be ideal for you. Your dentist can often help restore the function and appearance of your smile with this natural-looking tooth replacement option.

That said, if you’re researching dental implants it’s imperative to understand exactly what dental implants are, and how the implant process works.

The Parts & Function of a Dental Implant

The Implant

Generally, the three parts of a dental implant are collectively referred to as ‘a dental implant’. However, the actual implant portion is a small titanium screw that your dentist surgically places into your jaw, replacing the root of the missing tooth. 

This tiny screw will serve as a stable base or ‘root’. A single artificial tooth or other restoration can be attached later. The dental implant will integrate with your jaw bone as the jaw heals, forming a strong permanent base for your tooth replacement.

It typically takes patients about 4 to 6 months to heal after the implant surgery. The next step in the dental implant process can begin once your mouth has completely healed.

The Abutment

Typically made from ceramic or titanium material, the abutment is a connector that secures the restoration (artificial tooth or teeth) to the dental implant. The abutment is attached to the implant.

The Restoration

After another healing period, the restoration can then be attached to the abutment. Depending on your needs, your restoration may be a single artificial tooth or multiple artificial teeth in the form of a bridge or denture.

Bridge — If you are missing a number of teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be used to replace them. A bridge can be attached to just two implants that hold it securely in place. A dental bridge is usually made from porcelain. 

Dental Crown — Do you need a single tooth replaced? A dental crown may be idea. The crown can be cemented or screwed to the abutment to create an artificial tooth, which will look and function similar to a natural tooth. Dental crowns can constructed from a mixture of metal and porcelain, or ceramic.

Denture — Typically made from porcelain teeth or acrylic resin, implant-supported dentures can be used if you need a full jaw of missing teeth replaced. Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are permanently secured to dental implants to create a natural-looking, secure tooth replacement. 

Are you considering different options to replace your missing teeth?  Please contact our Delta and Surrey dentists to find out whether dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.

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