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Components of a dental implant
The dental implant itself acts as an artificial root(s) of a tooth. It differs from a natural tooth root in its strength, since they are made out of titanium. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, which allows them to be very stable and secure in the mouth.
A dental abutment is the connector between a dental implant and a crown. These are usually fabricated in a lab.
Implant crowns lie on top of the abutment and are the white visible tooth that you seen in your mouth.
Implant crowns are placed after a dental implant has been placed. The procedure is similar to that of a crown but much more simple. Impressions are taken and custom abutments (a piece that connects a crown to a dental implant) will be fabricated. After this, the abutment is placed and the permanent crown is permanently placed on top.
How do I care for my implant crown?
We advise our patients to keep up a good oral hygiene around their implant crown as the edges of the crown can go underneath the gums. We recommend brushing and flossing around the area to remove any food debris or plaque and recommend oral irrigator as well. By keeping the gums and implant crown clean, it will increase the longevity of your dental implant as well as your dental crown, allowing you to smile with confidence and maintain chewing function.
Implant-supported bridges are a lot like regular bridges except dental implants are used to support the bridge and not natural teeth. Implant bridges can replace 3-5 missing teeth by creating a bridge from one dental implant to another, crowning each implant on each side of the bridge. The fake tooth that fills in the gap or missing space is called a pontic tooth. Depending on your teeth, up to 3 pontic teeth teeth can be used in a single implant-supported bridge.
Crowns for Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant bridges are fixed, or permanant, appliances and stay in your mouth which means you don't have to worry about taking them in or out. They are more comfortable than dentures and stay in place while eating or drinking your favorite foods. Results are remarkable and look very natural.
Please schedule an appointment today with our team if you think you may need an implant crown or need bone grafting.
Dental implant services do we provide
Bone grafting makes filling in gaps or spaces making adding new teeth possible. In the past, patients with bone that is too soft, short or thin were told they could not have dental implants and these patients were forced to use dentures that were loose and falling out while eating their favorite foods. Today, bone grafting has made it possible for these patients to be excellent candidates for dental implants since it can add bone that was never there and can preserve bone to prevent any shrinkage.