What Is a Dental Implant?

In dental offices, we talk a lot about implants. We talk about implants and abutments and cover screws and restorations. With all this talking, we want to be sure that our patients understand exactly what it is that we are saying!
In this picture, you can see the individual implant parts. On the farthest left is the implant itself. This is the titanium screw that is placed into the area of your missing tooth, and it mimics the root of your original tooth. Initially, a flat cover screw is placed directly into the implant to allow for the most ideal healing of your gum tissues.
The second part in the line-up is the healing abutment. The healing abutment replaces the flat cover screw on top of the implant itself, and allows for the most natural-looking regrowth of your gum tissues. Because the esthetics of your smile incorporate the level of your pink gum tissue, it is important that we encourage its regrowth to be as natural as possible. In the final stages, this healing abutment is replaced with a custom abutment that looks very similar, but is fabricated in our laboratory to custom fit your implant and your crown.
Next is the crown, and it is often also called an “implant crown” or “final restoration.” Exactly like a crown that would be placed on your natural tooth, the crown is individually made to fit your implant and custom abutment, and to match the other teeth in your smile, both in shade and shape.
Finally, you can see how perfectly the crown fits on the implant, with no overlaps or openings.


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