If you and your McLean dentist have decided on dental implants to replace your missing teeth, this blog answers questions you might have about the placement and contents of the implant.
Dental implants are a sophisticated new way of replacing missing teeth. Three basic parts make up the implant, and once they are fastened together, it will be difficult to tell the difference between the implant and the remaining natural teeth. Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Center in McLean, Virginia break down the design and function of the three separate parts of dental implants here.
The implant post looks similar to a screw, with small grooves encircling it from top to bottom. It is the anchor of the dental implant, functioning as a root would for a natural tooth. These posts are made of a lightweight yet durable metal, titanium, that is highly resistant to corrosion and integrates well into the jawbone. After its placement, the surrounding bone fuses with the post to provide a secure base for the other parts of the implant.
This piece of titanium is tiny, but it has a very important function. It connects the post under the gum line with the topmost section, the crown. After the implant post has fully healed, the abutment will be affixed on top of it by your McLean dentist. Abutments are visible but will be covered once the crown is fabricated by Dr. Gyllenhoff or Dr. Cappiello.
This is the portion that finishes off the dental implant. It is typically crafted out of porcelain, so it looks just like a natural tooth. It also functions the same way, requiring no extra maintenance beyond normal dental hygiene. With proper care, including regular checkups with your McLean dentisst, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a revolutionary addition to the field of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. The dentists at McLean Dental Center have advanced training in implant technology and look forward to consulting with their patients about how dental implants can improve their smiles and their lives!