How does a dental implant work?
You may already have a vague understanding of the way dental implants work. However, choosing a dental implant to replace a missing tooth is a big decision, and we want you to have as much information as possible about the process.
Dental implants are made up of three key parts: the implant, the abutment, and the dental restoration. Each one of these plays an important part in providing a permanent replacement tooth that is both stable and attractive.
The implant portion is a very tiny titanium screw that is surgically placed in your jawbone by a trusted local oral surgeon. Since titanium is biocompatible (it’s readily accepted by the body), it integrates completely with surrounding bone tissue. This process secures the implant firmly in place and forms the foundation for the restoration that will be attached – usually a crown, bridge, or denture.
The abutment portion of the implant is attached after the implant has healed, and provides a large enough area for us to secure the final dental restoration, which is the visible, functioning part of your new tooth.
Dental implants have been used successfully for decades and are a truly amazing innovation that’s helped millions of people. Missing teeth are a problem for many reasons, and it’s important to have them replaced as soon as possible.
If you have missing teeth and would like more information about dental implants, please contact our Fayetteville dental office to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Richard Keech.