Tooth loss is actually a very common oral problem. In fact, statistics show that one in every two people is currently missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth can be the result of a large variety of different oral health issues. However, we can restore any number of missing teeth using dental implants. Dental implants are becoming the most popular method for restoring missing teeth because of the comfort and reliability they can offer our patients. Other restoration techniques, such as dental bridges and dentures, simply cannot match the stability, function, and feel that comes with dental implants. But what actually is a dental implant? We encourage you to read on to learn the answer to that question.
While there are dental implants that come in only two pieces, most implants are typically made up of only three pieces. These pieces include:
The man-made root is the part of the dental implant that will take the place of your missing tooth root. During the implant procedure, the root is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth. While it heals, a process called osseointegration works to integrate your man-made root with the rest of your oral anatomy. This process is only possible because titanium, which is what the man-made root is made from, is not recognized by your body as unnatural.
The abutment is the second part to be placed during the dental implant process. This is the piece of the implant that connects the man-made tooth/teeth to the man-made root(s). While it can be possible to attach this piece directly after the implant procedure, it is more common to wait until after the recovery period before having it connected. Much like the implant fixture, this piece is also typically made from titanium.
The final part of the dental implant to be placed is the replacement crown. What sets our replacement crowns apart from others is the fact that we custom make them based on impressions we take of our patients’ remaining natural teeth. By doing this, we can provide our patients with beautiful replacement teeth that fit in perfectly among their natural teeth. In fact, our patients often tell us that, once their replacement teeth were in place, they were unable to even tell the difference between their man-made teeth and natural teeth.
Are you suffering from missing teeth or significant tooth decay damage? At our practice, Dr. Chuck Majors can turn that frown upside down and give you a smile that you won’t be able to stop showing off. Don’t wait any longer; contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation at our practice in Bryan, TX, where we proudly serve patients who reside in Bryan, College Station, and beyond.
Dr. Chuck Majors
2606 Osler Blvd
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Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
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Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 8AM – 1PM (every other)