Dental implants, although a pretty term at face value, many patients are still unaware of just what dental implants are. And if they do know, the knowledge can be limited. This can lead to misinformation and fear of even considering them when sometimes, they may be necessary. Today we take a look at everything you need to know about dental implants.
The Three Unmoving parts
Before understanding the importance of anything, the first thing to understand is how it all works. And with dental implants, they’re actually only comprised of three parts that work in tandem to become an authentic looking tooth. The three parts are as followed:
To keep the implant from moving from the jawbone, a titanium rod set in place. It essentially replaces the root of the missing tooth. This may sound impossible given that mental and bone don’t usually make a good mix, but in actuality the titanium rod is made up of biocompatible material which means it can mesh well with bone.
The abutment is the screw-like device that acts as the middle man between the crown and the titanium rod. It’s rest right above the gums acting almost like a seat to the crown. Without this necessary piece, the implant would not work whatsoever.
Finally, the crown is the piece that screw in on top of the in-place abutment and resembles a tooth. It is meant to replace teeth and be authentic in appearance as possible. It’s the only part of the implant that remains visible, so those in need of an implant, there shouldn’t be any assumptions that the titanium rod will be showing.
Why Implants are important
Dental implants can help to preserve bone health. They also last a lifetime and do not require any extra care once put in. But mainly, they are meant to replace teeth and help quality of life. Maybe sports athletes swear by dental implants after accidents in the sport that may lead to a tooth loss. They’re also perfect for recently extracted teeth that could not be saved.
Dr. Joseph Lattinelli and his team has been helping patients find their smile for many years. We’ve become a staple in our community in saving one tooth at a time. If you’re looking into dental implants or need a dental-work appointment, then give us a call at 212-752-7188. We’re located at 121 East 60th Street, NY 10022.