Dental Implants are made up of three parts: The implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. Here, our Surrey dentists provide a brief explanation of each component.
The part of this tooth replacement that is actually implanted into the jaw is the dental implant. It functions as an artificial tooth root. The implant is a tiny screw that is made of titanium.
Titanium is a type of metal that is compatible with body tissues. It can bond with the bone of your jaw to form a new, stable tooth root.
The abutment is normally made from ceramic or titanium. It functions as an anchor between the implant and the crown (the artificial tooth), ensuring a secure fit.
Once your jaw and gum tissues have healed after the surgical implant procedure, and the dental implant and the abutment are in place, the final step is to add a dental crown.
This is the part of the tooth replacement that makes it actually look like a natural tooth.
In some cases, when an implant is being placed to secure a dental bridge or denture, the crown portion will not necessarily be added.