An implant is an artificial tooth that closely resembles a natural tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts—the fixture, the abutment, and the implant crown. The fixture anchors into the jaw bone and functions like the artificial tooth roots. Connected to the fixture is the abutment, a small metal piece that joins the fixture to the crown. The visible tooth-looking structure that sits against the gum line is known as the implant crown.
Do I need Implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. They are often a better alternative to bridges because they are not dependent on the surrounding teeth. If implants are a possibility, they are often the best treatment option for a patient because of their many benefits, including exceptional durability and appearance. With proper care and attention, an implant should last a lifetime.
At WNC Dental, our dentists restore implants, meaning they deliver only the abutment and crown parts of the implant. A local oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant fixture. Then, after the fixture heals to the bone, our dentists can place the abutment and crown on top of the fixture.