Dental implants are a three-part system that can help to restore your smile to its natural look. The three parts dental implants consist of are a screw, an abutment, and a custom-made crown. The screw is attached to your jawbone.
The abutment attaches to the screw and is the piece that supports the crown. The crown can be made of various materials, but the most common material crowns are made of is porcelain or a hard resin.
Getting a dental implant is the only dental procedure that is restorative which makes it one of the best methods for improving your oral health. Because of the materials dental implants are made of, they are very durable and can last a long time. However, dental implants so require some special attention after they have been installed because there is the possibility for failure which would make their removal necessary.
Care for Dental Implants
Like your teeth, dental implants need to be cared for daily. This mean flossing and brushing twice daily as well as making regular visits to our office for dental cleanings every six months. Taking care of dental implants is particularly important because there is a chance that they can fail due to bacterial infection. When dental implants fail, they need to be removed and it may be some time before a new one can be installed.
Alongside normal dental care, dental implants require you to stay away from certain foods when possible. Since the crown on a dental implant is made of material that is more brittle than natural teeth, hard foods and ice can make them chip and crack more easily than natural teeth. However, dental implants are very durable if these steps and precautions are taken. If you have any more questions about dental implants, give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk about the options available to you.