What are Dental Implants?
Teeth are hard to live without. Even a few gaps in your arches can make it hard to eat, speak clearly, and smile. No matter how you lost yours, it important to replace them. Dental implants are the best treatment option available today. This is because they are permanent, secure, and mimic natural teeth almost perfectly. But how exactly to they work? Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer are expert dental implant dentists in Columbia, SC. Below, is a breakdown of what makes up a dental implant restoration and how they work.
Parts of a Dental Implant Dental
An implant fixture is a dental tool that dentists use to secure a dental restoration and replace the missing teeth roots. It is simply a metal post that looks like a screw because it has threads. It is made of titanium which is a material often used in replacement body parts. This is because titanium will fuse with human bone tissue and is well accepted by the human body. They come is many shapes and sizes to accommodate the various locations along the upper and lower jaw.
Your dentist or oral surgeon strategically places these posts in the jaw bone. They will eventually fuse with the bone creating a sturdy base to hold your new teeth. They will also stimulate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss. You will need one implant to replace one tooth. Anywhere from two to eight implants will be suggested to replace multiple missing teeth.
The second part of a dental implant restoration is the abutment. An abutment is secured to each dental implant and acts as the connector piece between the implant and the restoration. They are made of metal. In general, there are two types of abutments, the healing abutment and the permanent abutment. Permanent abutments come in many different styles and sizes to accommodate different types of dental restorations.
With a two-stage implant, the healing abutment is connected after the implant is fully fused to the bone. It is then left to heal for a few weeks. With a one-stage implant, the healing abutment it already connected to the dental implant when it is placed in the jaw. The permanent abutment is connected to the implant when the dental restoration is ready.
The Dental Restoration
The dental restoration is the last part to complete the dental implant restoration. This is the part that replaces the crown portion of the tooth. The kind you need depends on how many teeth you are missing. Today’s dental restorations are made to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. Dr. Trinkner or Dr. Keefer will help determine which restoration will work best for you.
Dental Crown – A single dental and a dental crown will replace one missing tooth.
Dental Bridge – At least two dental implants and a dental bridge can replace several consecutively missing teeth.
Denture – Anywhere from two to eight dental implants and a denture can replace an arch of teeth. We offer both snap on dentures and screw in dentures.
To learn more about the parts of a dental implant, please call us at 803-400-8729 to book your dental implant consultation at our Columbia, SC dentist office.