Dental implants are considered by doctors and patients alike to be the gold standard of restorative dentistry. Their unique qualities, including the fact that they are the only tooth replacement treatment that organically binds itself to the jawbone, give them a variety of benefits that other options, such as removable dentures, simply can’t match. These advantages stem from the fact that implants are a three-piece tooth replacement, offering a comprehensive defense against the many adverse consequences of tooth loss.
Components of a Dental Implant
Tooth implants are comprised of three major pieces: the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. All three components come together to form the dental implant system, where each individual piece is vital to the success of the overall treatment. Below we explain what function each of the three parts of a tooth implant accomplishes and why it’s important.
The Fixture and Abutment
The first piece of the implant that is actually embedded along the patient’s jaw is the fixture, which is an insert that acts like an artificial tooth root. Made from a biocompatible titanium alloy, the fixture is assimilated into the jawbone through a natural bone regeneration process known as osseointegration. During a three to six month span, the jaw creates new bone tissue, pushing it up to the surface of the fixture and weaving it through tiny holes that cover the porous surface of the titanium root. This creates a strong and stable hold that can continue to anchor the fixture in place for many, many long years to come.
Once the fixture has been completely assimilated by the jawbone, an abutment will be attached to it. This minor procedure is typically done two to four weeks before you receive your customized permanent replacement tooth. The abutment acts as an intermediary between the fixture and the replacement tooth, referred to as a crown, ensuring that the two are well connected. Once the abutment has been attached to the implant fixture and the area has fully healed, patients return to Dr. Albers’ dental office for restoration placement.
The Dental Crown
The final component of a dental implant is the restoration. While most patients receive porcelain crowns, individuals who are replacing multiple teeth often get larger restorations. These replacement teeth are manufactured to your unique specifications, leaving you with a beautiful, stunning, and seamless smile.
Considering Dental Implants? Visit our Santa Rosa Dentist Today!
If you are missing one or more teeth, or if you suffer from extensive tooth decay, dental implants may be an attractive treatment worth considering. By helping you avoid bone loss, further tooth loss, and other oral health problems associated with tooth loss, dental implants can also help you save time and money down the road. To learn more about the treatment, contact our Santa Rosa practice to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Albers.