Dental Implants are typically made up of three parts: The implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. Here, our Surrey dentists provide a brief overview of each component.
The implant is the part that is actually implanted into the jaw, and functions as an artificial tooth root. The implant is a tiny screw that is made of titanium.
Titanium is a metal that is compatible with body tissues. This means it can bond with the bone of your jaw to form a new, stable tooth root.
The abutment is typically constructed of either ceramic or titanium. It acts as an anchor between the implant and the crown (the artificial tooth), ensuring a secure fit.
Once your jaw and gum tissues have healed from the surgical implant procedure, and the dental implant and the abutment are in place, the final step is to add a dental crown.
This is an artificial tooth replacement that looks and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth.
In some cases, when an implant is being placed to secure a dental bridge or denture, the crown portion will not necessarily be added.