Dental implants are a great way for you to permanently replace your missing teeth. Implants restore your teeth and smile to a perfectly natural looking and functioning state. An implant is a small screw-like fixture made of titanium. It is placed in the jaw and acts as an artificial tooth root which can be covered using a variety of prosthetic appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
A tooth replaced using dental implants has three parts:
The Implant – An implant is a post made using a metal such as titanium which acts as a root for the replacement tooth and is placed in the jaw at the site of the lost tooth.
The Abutment – A custom metal or porcelain core which is connected to the top of the dental implant. It will serve as the base for the crown.
Prosthetic Tooth/Crown or Bridge – A replacement tooth or set of teeth, custom-made to match the remaining natural teeth in the mouth. It is cemented on top of the abutment.
You may be an ideal candidate for implant surgery if you:
- Have sufficient jawbone density
- Are free from decay and gum disease periodontal disease
- Are a non-smoker
- Have good oral and overall health
- Are willing to healthy oral habits after the procedure
For more information about dental implants, the gold-standard in tooth replacement, please contact the experts at All Smiles Bethesda. You can reach us at 301-984-9646.