Dental Implants

Dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard way of replacing missing teeth. Whether one or multiple teeth are missing, a dental implant is the restoration that most closely resembles and functions like a natural tooth.

There are 3 parts to a dental implant restoration:

  • The implant: this is a small titanium screw that is placed into the bone that holds the teeth in. It stays completely under the gums. Think of this as the “root” of your new tooth.
  • The abutment: this is a piece that attaches permanently to the implant and sticks out of the gums to hold a crown on. It will be completely covered by the crown.
  • The crown: This is cemented permanently on top of the abutment and looks like the rest of your natural teeth.

The advantages of dental implants are:

  • They are permanently cemented in place.
  • It does not require you to alter neighboring teeth.
  • You take care of them just like you would your natural teeth.
Illustration of three-part implant Illustration of implant in place between natural teeth