A dental implant is, very simply put, a prosthetic tooth that takes the place of a missing natural one in a way that simulates the original tooth. It is designed to replicate the natural tooth in form, color, and function.
In this article, our team at Bellevue Family Dentistry in Greenwood Village, Colorado, explains why a dental implant is your best option for replacing a missing natural tooth.
Dental implants look quite similar to a natural tooth. There are three essential parts to a dental implant.
The implant post is the artificial root made of titanium, a biocompatible material also used in joint replacements. It is placed into the jawbone through a surgical procedure.
The implant post fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration that takes a few weeks to a few months.
The abutment is the connecting part that is fixed just above the gumline to support the new tooth or denture. It is attached after the osseointegration process is completed.
The crown is the top part of the implant, connected via the abutment, and seen above the gum line. For multiple teeth replacement, the top part can be an implant-supported denture instead.
For more information on dental implants or to address other dental concerns, call Belleview Family Dentistry at (303) 290-0962 or visit us at 8200 E Belleview Ave # 425 East Tower, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
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