Your smile means a lot to you — and it should. You use your teeth to chew on food. You smile when you’re happy. And you prefer real teeth over implanted ones. So, when you lose a tooth (or teeth), it’s important that you get your teeth replaced. A full, complete smile allows your mouth to function properly in all the ways you love to use it. Missing teeth can lead to various issues and diseases that can be costly to manage. With all that being said, Concord Smile is going to share the three main parts of a dental implant, so that you know what’s actually being placed in your mouth when you do need to replace a tooth.

Dental Implant Parts

The Fixture

The first part of the dental implant that is placed in the mouth is the fixture. This part is embedded below the gumline into the jaw. This placement relies on osseointegration, a fusion process between the fixture and the bone to secure its place.

The Abutment

Once the fixture is placed and fused, the next part is the abutment. This part attaches to the fixture and extends up to the gumline for the next part, the prosthesis, so that it can connect.

The Prosthesis

When you think of a dental implant, you probably imagine a dental crown, a white “tooth” that replaces your actual enamel. The prosthesis that connects to the abutment can be a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your needs as a patient.

To Replace or Not to Replace?

Deciding to use a dental implant or a bridge can be a complex decision. While it only involves two different dental treatments, it still requires a field of questions to determine which is right for you. So, the answer to the question, “Should I replace my tooth,” is always yes. Your dentist will help you determine which treatment is best for you and your oral health.

Reasons You May Not Get a Dental Implant

Your dentist will complete a thorough examination of your mouth. In some cases, patients need to take care of oral concerns or issues prior to actually having a dental implant placed. Some of these concerns can include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Smoking
  • Insufficient Jaw Bone
  • Medical Conditions
  • Poor Dental Maintenance

When it comes to determining if you’re eligible for a dental implant, your dentist will examine your existing teeth, your gums, your jaw bone, your overall oral health, and more. A common concern for patients is if they are candidates for the procedure or not. If you’re ever in doubt, get a second opinion from another local dentist.

Concord Smile

At Concord Smile, we believe that your smile is how you show the world who you truly are. It’s the most valuable asset to your career and social success. Not only is it an aesthetic asset, but it’s also a health benefit, too. A healthy smile helps you live a full life. Contact Concord Smile today to schedule your next appointment.