Dental implants are designed to last a long time—in fact, they can last a lifetime with proper care. For this reason, they are an investment well worth making for most people.
Dental implants are made up of three components:
- The implant itself, which takes the place of the tooth root. This is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. After a period of three to six months, the post will integrate into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
- The abutment, which is the attachment on the dental implant that holds the dental crown, or replacement tooth, in place.
- The crown, which is the ceramic tooth that attaches to the abutment. It looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.
The abutment and crown, both of which are exposed because they are above the gumline, are at the most risk of becoming damaged. It’s crucial to maintain good oral health with proper home care and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings.
To find out more about dental implants, call our Steele Creek practice Harlow Dental. Dr. Justin Harlow can answer all your questions and determine whether you are a good candidate.