If you’re missing one or more teeth, you should know that dental implants in Hermitage, PA are the best method for tooth replacement. Still, there’s a lot of confusion about what dental implants actually are. They aren’t the part you see. Instead, dental implants are the prosthetic root that supports the crown, bridge, or denture that sits on top. In this month’s blog post, we take a look at the different parts of a dental implant to help you understand your new tooth replacement.
What’s A Dental Implant?
When you’ve lost a tooth, you’re not just missing the crown, or the visible, white portion. You’ve also lost the tooth’s supporting root. A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that acts as a prosthetic root. And titanium has a miraculous feature — it fuses with bone matter. That means the dental implant gradually fuses with your jaw bone to provide unsurpassed stability for the crown that sits on top.
The benefits of implant-retained tooth replacement are significant. Dental implants contribute to better oral and dental health, as they keep your jawbone healthy and whole. They also free you from the stress and inconvenience of denture adhesives. With dental implants, your tooth replacement fits just like it should, from day one, on. When cared for properly, dental implants last for a lifetime.
Parts of An Implant-Retained Replacement
What are the parts of a dental implant? There’s the implant itself — the small cylinder that’s implanted beneath the gumline. You will never see this portion, just like you (ideally) never see your tooth’s root. After the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone in the process known as osseointegration, the dental implant is exposed once more. A connecting abutment is placed on top. This small device connects the dental implant with the crown. The denture, bridge, or crown is attached to the dental implant by way of the small abutment.
Procedure for Dental Implants
The procedure for dental implants can be divided into three phases: implantation, recovery, and restoration.
Implantation is a surgical procedure in which the dental implants are inserted beneath the gum line. Patients should be healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure to properly heal after dental implants. Once the dental implants have been placed, a recovery period of four to eight months (depending on the location of the dental implant) is necessary. During this time, the dental implant will gradually fuse with the jawbone. After the dental implant and the jawbone have fully integrated, restoration can begin. Your implant dentist in Hermitage, PA exposes the dental implant, places a connecting abutment, and secures the tooth replacement on top.
After the procedure for dental implants is complete, your new teeth are ready — and you’re smiling more confidently than ever before.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If you are missing one or more teeth, or if you are dealing with the stress and inconvenience of an ill-fitting denture, it’s time for you to consider dental implants. Dr. Spadafora offers single and multiple-tooth dental implants as well as full-mouth reconstruction. And the greatest part of all? He performs the entire dental implant procedure all from the convenience of our office. Contact your dental implant dentist in Hermitage, PA, Dr. Dale F. Spadafora, to schedule an appointment today!