Dental Implants are made up of three parts: The implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. Our Surrey dentists provide a brief overview below of each component.
The dental implant is the part that is implanted in the jaw, it acts as an artificial root. It is a tiny screw made of titanium.
Titanium is special in that it is compatible with body tissues. This allows it to can bond with your jaw bone to form a new, stable tooth root.
The abutment is usually made of ceramic or titanium, which anchors the implant to the crown, ensuring a secure fit.
Once your jaw and gum tissues have healed from the implant surgery, and the dental implant and the abutment are firmly in place, the final step is to add a dental crown.
This is an artificial tooth replacement that looks and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth.
In some cases, when an implant is being placed to secure a dental bridge or denture, the crown portion will not necessarily be added.