What Are Dental ImplantsAn Overview
A dental implant is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. Dr. Roham Rafat is one of the most highly trained periodontists in the Hunt Valley, MD area and can perform every phase of the dental implant process. The benefits of dental implants are endless when compared to other missing teeth options. A dental implant functions like a natural tooth, enabling patients to enjoy normal speech and a healthy diet without restrictions. A permanent and durable treatment option for missing teeth, dental implants support bone regeneration, healthy gums, and overall oral health. Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Parts of the Dental Implant
Prosthetic Tooth– The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth. They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place. The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Abutment – This is a small part that connects to the implant post. Dr. Rafat will connect the abutment to the implant post after it has fully fused to the bone. It usually takes around 3-6 months for it to fuse. The abutment will screw right on to the implant post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.
Implant Post– This is the bottom part of the dental implant that is surgically embedded into your jaw bone, below the gum line. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. It’s made up of bio-compatible titanium that will eventually fuse to the jaw bone creating a permanent and secure bond. This titanium post will act as the tooth root. Dr. Rafat will surgically place this bio-compatible titanium post at his dental office in Hunt Valley, MD.