What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Find out more about what makes dental implants work at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi.
So, you’ve been thinking about getting dental implants at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, but you’re not sure you fully know everything there is to know about these tooth replacements. If so, then it’s time to find out more about dental implants and what makes them so successful.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of three different parts:
- The implant
- The abutment
- An artificial tooth
The Implant: The implant is the tiny metal post or screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. The main purpose of an implant is to act as a tooth root, holding the artificial tooth firmly in place and preserving the health and structure of the face and jaw. The implant itself is usually made from titanium, which helps the tissue and bone to fuse with it in a naturally occurring phenomenon known as osseointegration. This single act of osseointegration is what makes a dental implant work.
The Abutment: The abutment is a support component that is screwed to the top of the implant, and sits above the gums to help support the dental crown. The abutment is never seen, as the artificial tooth will cover it completely. Its main purpose is to connect the implant with the crown. An abutment is often made from porcelain, which offers a more natural and tooth-colored look than a metal abutment.
The Artificial Tooth: A dental crown can be used for a variety of different situations including preserving and protecting a damaged tooth, particularly after a root canal. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that usually covers over the entire tooth and cemented into place to restore function and aesthetics back into a weakened tooth. In this case, a dental crown is custom-made to look just like the rest of your smile and is then placed onto the abutment to replace your missing tooth.
Are you ready to get dental implants? Interested in finding out whether you’re an ideal candidate? Then it’s time to see your Novi dentists, for a thorough consultation. Briar Pointe Dentistry is here to give you the smile you deserve. Call today at (248) 347-0030.