Dr. Clark Damon is a leading dental care specialist serving the Fort Worth area. When patients are missing teeth, he often suggests dental implants, an excellent restorative solution. Patients who get dental implants routinely express satisfaction over the results achieved.
We'd like to take a moment to consider the anatomy of dental implants right now since many patients are unclear as to how they function.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into a patients jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, dental implants essentially function just as your natural tooth roots would, allowing for dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures to remain fixed in place.
In essence, dental implants allow patients to laugh, smile, bite, and chew as if they had all of their natural teeth in place.
The best candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and would prefer a fixed appliance rather than a removable one. They should be in good overall dental health and have sufficient bone density and gum tissue density in place to support the implant.
If a patient lacks sufficient bone and gum tissue, grafting procedures can be performed to build up the necessary tissue density.
The implant post is essentially the dental implant itself. This is the part of the dental implant that gets anchored into the living tissues of the jaw. An implant post typically resembles a screw, though we should note that there are variations on types of implants depending on the needs of the patient. The implant post is often made of titanium, which ensures biocompatibility and prevents rejection of the implant.
The abutment is the small portion of the dental implant that is intended to connect to the post and the crown, bridge, or denture. The abutment can be made of titanium, stainless steel, gold, zirconia, or ceramic materials. The best kind of abutment to use will depend on the discretion of the dentist and oral surgeon.
The last part in the anatomy of a dental implant is the restoration. For single tooth replacement, this means a dental crown. For more serious levels of tooth loss, the best option is typically a dental bridge or a denture. The best kind of dental restoration for you and your needs can be discussed in greater detail during your consultation.
Dental implants can achieve great results for many patients, but they are not always for everyone. The best way to find out if implants are an ideal option for you is to visit our practice. We can go over the pros and cons of dental implants so you can make a smart final decision about the treatment process and whether or not it's best for you.
To learn more about dental implants and how they can help you have a healthy smile again, be sure to contact our advanced dental care team today. Dr. Clark Damon and his team are here to provide you with answers to all of your questions about dental care.