What Makes Up A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an object designed to permanently replace and mimic the function of a crucial part of the body. Dental implants replace missing teeth from the root in patients who have lost theirs because of injury, damage, or infection. There are three components that make up a standard dental implant: the implant, abutment, and crown. Learn how James S. Cinamon, DMD, PC, and Paul J. Hubley, DMD, PC, your dentists at Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, can help you replace a missing or vulnerable tooth with a dental implant that’s designed to last for years.
The Actual Implant (Titanium Screw)
A dental implant is a device that is installed inside of the gums in the place where a formerly rooted tooth was extracted. Over time, the implant will heal into the bone and become the new root of the tooth. It is a tiny titanium screw that’s designed to be readily accepted by the body. Bone tissue grows over the fissures and keeps the screw in place, much like what happens when you drill a screw into a piece of wood.
After an implant has healed and been fully accepted by the body—anywhere between two to nine months—your Framingham dentist installs the second part of the implant—the abutment. An abutment is a device that fits on top of the screw and can usually be partially seen above the gum line. This abutment will support the third and final component of the implant required to complete the procedure.
A crown is a piece of material that closely resembles the outer surface of a tooth. It can be made of metal, but when it’s created for a dental implant it is most commonly porcelain or tooth-colored composite material. The crown fills in the gap caused by the missing tooth and can be shaped to fit right into your smile as if you’ve had it all your life.
Consult with a Dental Implant Dentist
To get a full and complete understanding of how your implant procedure will go, call the Framingham, MA dentist office of Dr. James S. Cinamon and Dr. Paul J. Hubley at (508) 872-1422. They are highly educated dentists who are experienced in modern dental technology and will help you achieve a better, stronger smile.