What’s involved with getting a dental implant?

Dental implants are a really remarkable tooth replacement method that has helped millions of people regain their whole and healthy smile. Even though implants have been around for many years, most people are unfamiliar with the process involved.

To understand the process you need to know that a dental implant is actually composed of three parts – the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. These three pieces work together to form what you refer to as the dental implant.

First, a very small titanium screw is surgically placed in your jaw. The body easily accepts titanium, so the implant eventually forms a secure bond with the bone in the jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed, the abutment is secured to it. The abutment is the portion of the implant to which the dental restoration is attached. Finally, the dental restoration – usually a crown – is affixed securely to the abutment.

The result is a fully functional, permanent tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant portion is part of your jaw, so it is permanent. The restoration will last for many years with proper care, but it may need to be replaced.

Please contact our Queen Anne office if you’d like more detailed information about the dental implant process.