Structure of a Dental Implant
The dental implant may very well go down in history as the most revolutionary tooth replacement solution known to man! The concept of fabricating a tooth replacement that can mimic the shape, size, appearance, and function of a natural tooth may have been difficult to fathom 60 years ago.
Since the use of the dental implants became an accepted practice more than 2 decades ago, the list of its advantages has grown tremendously. Dentists and patients hold the implant in high regards, and its success rate has soared to unimaginable heights.
Still, for many patients, there remains a slight shadow of mystery surrounding the dental implant. How does it work? What is it made of? Which patients can benefit from it the most? The best way to begin to unravel these details is by scheduling a dental implant consultation in DFW.
Only by taking the time to speak with our experienced implant dentist, can you gain a full understanding of how implants would fit into your life.
Understanding the structure of the dental implant is another key component to the learning process. Most implants are fabricated from a superior, medical grade titanium post. The post is coated with a special surface that promotes a permanent integration, or bond, with your natural bone.
The implant post, which is inserted into the jawbone, serves as an artificial tooth root. The implant post has the important responsibility of anchoring your new tooth directly to the bone for stability.
After a healing period (to be determined by your implant dentist), a small component called an abutment, is attached to the top of the implant post. This abutment is the key connection between the implant post and the biting surface of your new tooth.
Once the implant post has healed, and the abutment has been connected, a dental crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the implant. This final step will complete the restorative process, allowing you to regain your lost chewing surface, and ultimately restore your confidence.
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants could rebuild your smile, call the office of Dr. John D. Wallace at 214-234-9143 for your consultation right away.