3 Parts of a Dental Implant

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3 Parts of a Dental Implant

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are made to replace missing teeth and function just the same way that natural teeth do. They are a long-lasting and sometimes permanent fix to replace teeth that have fallen out or must be extracted from the mouth. With over a 95% success rate, patients who have dental implant surgery are able to enjoy an improvement in their quality of life once the implants are healed. 

Dental implants could be the right method for you to fix your broken smile. If you have questions or would like to learn more about your dental restoration options including how dental implants may help you with your oral health issues, you can come in to meet with Dr. McBride at McBride Dental. Dr. McBride is a San Marcos implant dentist with more than 30 years of practicing implant dentistry, and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.

What Parts Comprise a Dental Implant?

3 Parts of a Dental ImplantThe structure of a dental implant consists of three parts.

  1. The implant itself looks like a screw and is what will firmly implant the prosthetic into the jawbone. 
  2. Onto the implant, an abutment is placed which is the connecting point of the dental implant in the jawbone with the actual cover that resembles a tooth.
  3. The crown, or the tooth, is placed on the abutment. The crown is what you will see when you smile. It will be designed to look like your other teeth in shape and sheen.

Dental implants can either be surgically placed directly into the jawbone or without a surgical procedure. When surgery is necessary, this type of implant is called an endosteal implant. The other way that a dental implant can be inserted into the mouth is just on top of the jawbone right beneath the gums. This is called a subperiosteal implant. 

Of the two methods, endosteal implants are used more frequently than subperiosteal implants. With the endosteal implant, the surrounding jawbone tissue will begin to grow around the implant and essentially fuse it into the mouth which is how it is kept secure.

Individuals that have poor or insufficient jawbone tissue that are using endosteal implants will often require grafting before the implant can be placed in the mouth. Grafting material can come from a patient’s body, another person’s bone tissue, an animal source (most often cows), or it can be ceramic. The graft will be placed in the area where jawbone tissue is lacking and it can stimulate surrounding tissue to start to grow, which can make the jaw strong enough to support the implant.

Speak with a Dental Implant Specialist Today

People often report an enhanced standard of life after dental implant surgery. Dental implants restore your smile and your ability to eat what you love, help you speak more clearly, support the facial structure, and can give you back your confidence again.

For more information about how dental implants could work for you, call McBride Dental at your earliest convenience at (760) 471-1003.

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