Dental implants have been around for over 25 years and are a proven treatment option for replacing a missing tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, the same material that is used for pins and screws to fix and support broken bones. It is used for dental implants because they are strong and it is compatible with the human body and will not be rejected.
When considering an implant, you need to know certain details. Is the area where the tooth is missing strong enough to hold an implant. We can tell with an xray of the area. If not, there are ways to strengthen it.
There are three parts to a completed dental implant and the implant itself is only one part. Let’s call the part that goes into the jawbone the implant “body”. Once the implant body is placed, you generally have to wait about 3 months to allow the jaw to fuse to it before the rest of the parts are put on. While that is taking place, a small flat metal cap is placed over the top of the implant, which is level with the gum. After that period, the cap is removed and a core or abutment is placed. That is what the crown will attach to, the crown being the third part. The core or abutment can either be made or titanium or a white material called zirconium. The zirconium abutments are usually used for front teeth. Most crowns will be made of porcelain or a metal/porcelain combination. So those are the three part of a completed dental implant: the implant body, the core or abutment and the crown.
Dr. Michael Wong
Michael A. Wong, DDS
256 N San Mateo Dr, Ste 8
San Mateo, California 94401