Understanding the Anatomy of a Dental Implant
Whether you have lost one tooth or you are edentulous, dental implants are the top restorative solution for missing teeth. Traditional bridges and dentures only replace the crowns of the missing teeth. While this provides functionality and can prevent movement of any remaining teeth, it cannot prevent bone loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, replace both the root and the crown of the tooth. By replacing the root, we can prevent bone loss and add greater stability to your restoration. Dr. Jose Valenzuela will ensure you understand the anatomy of a dental implant during a consultation at our Los Algodones, Mexico dental practice. Having a thorough understanding of the distinct parts of a dental implant will help you better understand the many benefits they offer to patients.
The Implant Post
The dental implant itself is composed of titanium. This strong and durable material acts as your natural tooth root once implanted. This post will resemble a screw, with threading on the outside. The sizes of dental implants vary depending on the teeth they are replacing. Standard dental implants typically range from 3.5 mm to 4.2 mm in diameter.
The placement of the implant post is the first step in dental implant surgery. After creating pilot holes in your jawbone, the implant is essentially screwed into place. Over a period of three to six months, the implant posts fuse with your jawbone. This fusion is what creates the permanent and stable foundation for which implants are known.
Once the healing phase is nearly complete, Dr. Valenzuela will attach the abutments to each implant. The size and shape of the abutment will vary depending on the type of restoration to which it will attach. This metal piece sits above the gum line. Once the abutments are in place, Dr. Valenzuela may recommend waiting another one to two weeks before affixing the restoration.
The restoration consists of artificial crowns to replace the missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you are missing, you may need a crown, bridge, or dentures. We can craft these restorations from a wide variety of high quality materials such as porcelain or zirconia. Once your gums have healed from the abutment placement, Dr. Valenzuela can attach the custom-made restoration.
These natural-looking materials will give your smile a lifelike look that is also strong and durable. Implant-supported restorations offer superior stability and functionality when compared with traditional options. Each restoration is custom-made to meet your individual needs and goals.
Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for You
If you are missing any number of teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. Dr. Valenzuela performs all aspects of the dental implant process at our dental practice for an improved patient experience. We are available to treat patients from both the United States and Mexico, and patients from southern California and Arizona come to our office for quality dental care. Contact our office today to schedule your dental implant consultation.