Discover everything you ever wanted to know about dental implants and what makes them tick.
It’s true that many people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. After all, a dental implant offers so many amazing benefits for your oral health. Plus, they are made to look and function just like a real tooth so no one will even know that you have a dental implant. If you are interested in what dental implants have to offer your smile, our Seymour, IN dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Terhaar, are here to provide some information into what makes up a dental implant.
There are three basic parts that make up this amazing restoration that can last up to a lifetime, if you care for and maintain it properly:
The implant/screw: This small screw or post is made from titanium since this type of metal is biocompatible (meaning that it’s rare for the body to reject this metal) and is surgically placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth’s root used to be.
Once the implant is placed and the gums are sewn back up, we will give your mouth time to heal. During this healing period the bone and tissue will start to grow around the implant and fuse together with it. While you won’t be able to see this amazing phenomenon with your own eyes, it will most certainly be happening. The implant is created to function just like tooth roots and can even prevent bone deterioration due to tooth loss.
The abutment: Once the bone has fused together with the implant our Seymour general dentist will need to open up the gums one more time in order to place the abutment over the implant. An abutment is used to connect the implant (which no one will actually be able to see) with a dental crown or other restoration.
The dental crown (or other restoration): If you are only having a single dental implant placed then a dental crown will be the restoration of choice. Once the gums have fully healed after placing your abutment and your dental crown has been specially made we will secure the crown to the abutment to fill the gap.
If you need to replace several teeth, don’t worry. More than one implant can be placed along the jawbone to support dental bridges or even a complete set of dentures.
Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN is here to provide you with the dental care you need, whether you want to get dental implants or just a routine cleaning. Call us today to schedule your next visit.