Dental implants are individual prosthetic teeth designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Instead of just sitting on top of your gums like dentures do, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw.
Thanks to a process called osseointegration, dental implants are able to form an incredibly strong bond that anchors them to your jawbone. Unlike dentures, you’ll never have to remove your dental implants for cleaning or any other reason.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
There are three parts to a dental implant, the fixture, the abutment, and the crown.
The fixture is the base of the dental implant which Dr. Paresh surgically attaches to the jawbone. The fixture works like the roots of your teeth to anchor the implant in place. The fixture is able to do this because it’s made from titanium, a strong material which has the benefit of being biocompatible. This is why the fixture is able to become completely integrated into the jawbone.
The custom-made abutment is the middle section of the dental implant which fits in between the fixture and the crown. Once the fixture has been allowed time to become fully assimilated with the jawbone, Dr. Paresh will attach the abutment and an impression will be taken to make your final custom restoration.
The Restoration (Implant Crown)
The porcelain crown fits on top of the abutment. It’s the only section of the implant that people will see and it’s custom-designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Note: Dr. Paresh will determine whether the crown will use a custom post cemented to the crown or if the crown will be screwed into the implant. He will discuss this with you prior to beginning the dental implant process.
How to Care for Your Dental Implants
When provided with the proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last indefinitely. And here’s the good news: You take care of your dental implants the same way you would with your regular teeth. That’s right, you just brush, floss, and rinse with antibacterial mouthwash every day. You also need to keep visiting Dr. Paresh for regular checkups at least twice a year.