What is a Dental Implant?
There are two main parts of a natural tooth, the root and the crown. The crown is what is visible in the mouth. The crown is used for chewing and it helps maintain the shape of the face. The root is what attaches the crown to the jaw and holds it in place. A dental implant is a modern and reliable way to replace a crown and root when they are damaged or lost.
Teeth implants replace a patient’s missing natural teeth. Whether you work or live in Phoenix, dental implants are right around the corner at our Glendale Office. Patients will be able to confidently smile and even chew in areas where teeth had been previously missing.
A dental implant consists of 3 parts: the Implant, Abutment, and Crown. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is placed into bone in area(s) of missing teeth. Once the teeth implant is placed in the bone it needs to heal. During healing, bone surrounds and attaches to the titanium post recreating a stable structure where a crown will be attached. The abutment is the transition between the implant and the crown. Most abutments are screwed into the implant and provide a surface for the final crown to be cemented on to. Finally, the crown (cap) is the tooth portion of the implant system that will be visible in the mouth.
Once healing is complete, the next step is to place the “abutment” and take an impression. This allows a laboratory to recreate the missing tooth. Once the laboratory is finished (about 2 weeks) the patient returns to the implant dentist to have the crown permanently cemented in place. Once cemented the dental implant can be treated like a natural tooth. Daily brushing can begin at this point and regular treatment (dental cleanings & evaluations) can be scheduled as needed.
Dental implants can be placed in a single space or can be used to support bridges and even stabilize poorly fitting dentures known as an “Overdenture”.
After receiving their quality dental implants, Phoenix area patients receive home care instructions from our Glendale office staff for how to best care for their new implants. Remember regular dental visits combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene help lengthen the life of your dental implant. Contact us today for a dental implant consultation or to learn more about our complete implant package!