By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What makes a dental implant work as well as it does to replace teeth for life?

While there are other options to choose from when it comes to replacing one or more permanent teeth it’s important to realize that there dental implantsis only one that will actually be able to replace your tooth for life. How is that possible? What makes dental implants so much more resilient and durable? How can they last so long? Our Rockville, MD dentist, Dr. H. David Allick, has all these answers.

A dental implant is made up of these three parts:

  • The metal implant
  • The abutment
  • The artificial tooth

The Implant

The implant is the foundation from which to support a dental restoration. It is screwed into the area of the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. As your mouth heals from this procedure the bone and tissue will regrow around the implant, making it a permanent structure. An implant is designed to actually strengthen and protect the health of your jawbone.

Implants come in different shapes and sizes, and our Rockville, MD restorative dentist will be happy to talk you more about your implant options and what to expect from this procedure.

The Abutment

The abutment is the structure that is placed over the top of the implant and it is used to connect the implant, which lies under the gums, with the dental crown or other restoration. Some implants have built-in abutments while other implants will need to be fitted with an abutment in a later procedure.

The Artificial Tooth

For those with a single dental implant, a dental crown is placed over the abutment. This restoration is the part of the implant that will actually be visible when you smile. While crowns can be made from different materials they are usually made from porcelain or another tooth-colored material, which provides the most realistic restoration.

White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD is dedicated to giving you a smile you’ll be happy with. Don’t let tooth loss keep you from the smile you know you deserve. Call us today to schedule your consultation.