For those who don’t like or have the option of dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are a true lifesaver. Dental implants can be used to replace one, a few, or all of your teeth to create a beautiful, functional and permanent smile. But what are they made of? What does the procedure entail? Continue reading to learn the basics of this innovative and highly aesthetic smile restoration practice.
What are Dental Implants Made Of?
A single implant, which comprises a single tooth, is made up of three parts:
- A titanium screw to serve as the base. The screw will fuse to jaw bone and provide a very sturdy foundation for the tooth.
- The abutment, or connector, which will connect the crown of the implant to the base. This is usually a hexagonal or octagonal connector piece.
- The visible feature of an implant is the crown, the piece that functions as the tooth. Crowns are almost always made of ceramic and are then shaped and polished to resemble a human tooth with incredible accuracy.
So, it goes: Titanium base, then the connector piece, and then the ceramic crown.
What is the Procedure Like?
This is a surgical procedure, so patients are sedated prior to the installation of the tooth’s base. The hands of a skilled dental surgeon will drill a hole into the jawbone relevant to the missing tooth and then install the base, a titanium screw. From here, the gums are left to cover the hole until it has healed.
Once the hole from the installation of the screw has healed, the patient will then return for a second procedure. This time, they are getting the connector installed – and then topped with the cap. This means that it only takes as few as two oral surgeries to replace your missing tooth with a permanent and aesthetically pleasing implant.
Millions of people worldwide are currently living pain-free and confident lives with dental implants. Almost everyone is a solid candidate for the procedure, and the amount of time needed for healing may be much lower than you’d expect. If you are considering getting one or more dental implants to replace missing teeth, consult with your dentist today for an initial consultation.
If approved (which you likely will be), you will create appointments and an overall plan with your dentist to get you on the path to a radiant smile.