A dental implant is a metal post that is used to support a dental restoration. They are a popular treatment option for people who have missing teeth or teeth that are damaged due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or trauma. The dentist office Dr. Drew A. Shulman, located in Philadelphia, offers many types of dental implants for patients missing one, multiple or even all of their teeth.
Dental implant supported restorations are the next best option to having natural teeth and, with over a 95% success rate, it is easy to see why they have become so popular. Dental implants can restore a stable and comfortable smile that will look and feel completely natural.
Parts of a Dental Implant Supported Dental Restoration
A typical dental implant restoration is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and a dental restoration.
The Dental Implant
The phrase dental implant actually refers to the metal post that is surgically implanted into the jaw. The post is made up of titanium, chosen due to its strength, durability and ability to fuse with the jaw bone. The process by which the bone cells attach themselves to the titanium post is called osseointegration. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. Dental implants act as the missing teeth’s root system. They are the only teeth replacement option to replace the roots preventing bone loss in the jaw.
This small piece called an abutment is connected to the implant post after healing. It can take up to six months for the post to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone. After that, Dr. Shulman will uncover the implant the abutment will be connected to the implant post. This tiny connector piece will screw right on to the metal post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.
The Dental Restoration
The last part of the dental implant secured restoration is the actual dental restoration. The type of restoration you need depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. The prosthetic tooth will be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed directly on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth. They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place or with tiny screws. The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for me?
When deciding how to replace your missing or damaged teeth, it is important to know if you even qualify for them and understand what the process entails. Dental implants are for anyone of any age that is missing one or more teeth. They require healthy bone and gum tissue for long term results. Patients who have some bone loss and edentulous patients can still be candidates for implants but may require additional treatments such as a bone graft. The process to get a dental implant secured restoration can take months to complete. It involves surgery and many visits to our Philadelphia dentist office.
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