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The Parts of a Dental Implant – Keller, TX

How Parts of a Dental Implant Work Together

Dental implants are incredibly popular because they look and feel more like natural teeth than anything else. If you’re considering implants and have started doing some initial research, it’s helpful to learn about each of the various parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth (or teeth). Below, you’ll find a short guide to these three components and learn how they come together to give you an outstanding final result. But if you ever have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, get in touch with us anytime!

The Implant

Smiling man after getting a dental implant in Keller

When you think of a dental implant, you probably have a picture of the finished product in your mind. But an implant itself is actually just a titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. This gives implants superior strength and stability compared to options that only replace the crowns of missing teeth (e.g. traditional bridges or dentures).

The dental implant procedure is done in phases that are spread out over several months. The first step is a consultation to make sure that dental implants are right for you. From there, Dr. McIntosh will place the titanium post in your jaw where the root of your missing tooth once was. Then she’ll put a healing cap over it to protect the area and allow you to eat and drink normally while it heals.

From there, it typically takes 3-6 months for the post to osseointegrate, or fuse, with your jawbone (although it could require more or less time depending on your needs). Once this initial healing stage is complete, you’ll be ready for the next parts of the implant: the abutment and crown.

The Abutment

A dental implant, abutment and crown in front of a gray background

After the implant has osseointegrated with the bone, the healing cap is removed and an abutment is attached. This is a type of adaptor that connects the implant to the prosthetic tooth to keep it in place and provide extra stability. Once the abutment is in place, the implant is ready for a prosthetic dental crown.

The Crown

A dental implant in the lower jaw

Since the implant only replaces the root of a tooth, the last step is putting a crown on it to restore complete function and appearance. This crown will be very similar to any other dental crown you might get. First, molds are taken and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be custom-made. It will be made of tooth-colored material and precisely matched to the rest of your smile to look very natural.

Dental Implants Can Support a Single Crown, Dental Bridge, or Full Denture

Dental implant, abutment, and crown

Dental implants are fully customizable. They can be used to support a single dental crown and replace just one tooth, or they can support a dental bridge to replace several teeth. And if you’re missing all your teeth, it usually just takes 2 to 8 implants per arch to support a full denture.