How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants are made out of titanium, the same way that artificial hips and joints are made. The unique thing about titanium is that bone will actually grow onto the surface of the titanium so that once it’s implanted, it becomes part of the natural skeleton of your body. This is why titanium works so well for dental implants.
The dental implant acts as the root part of the tooth, and once that becomes part of the bone the abutment is screwed onto the top. The abutment is the part of the implant that comes through the tissue, up through the mouth and has a porcelain crown on top of that. There are essentially three parts to a dental implant:
- The part that is inside the bone (this will become part of your body).
- The part that screws into the implant that goes through the gum tissue.
- The part that goes on top of everything which is essentially the replacement of the teeth.
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