A more sophisticated way to replace teeth has been developed to help the millions of Americans who are missing at least one tooth. Today, dental implants are the number one recommended way to replace missing teeth. But what are they and how do they work? Dr. Richard Corbin and Dr. Bruce Corbin with Corbin Dental in Oyster Bay, NY are experts in the field of implant dentistry. They can help you learn more about what dental are and how they work.
What Are Dental Implants
A dental implant restoration is made up of three separate parts. The implant post, an abutment, and a dental restoration are linked together to form a secure tooth replacement option.
The post is the part of a dental implant restoration that sets it apart from other restorations. This metal, screw-like post is actually surgically placed in the jaw bone. It will serve many purposes including: replacing the missing tooth root and supporting the restoration. Using dental implants to secure a restoration will prevent bone loss, keep the restoration from shifting in the mouth, and allow you to eat a variety of foods.
Dental implants are available in different lengths and diameters. Different implants are used to accommodate the different areas along the top and bottom jaw. Typically, shorter and thicker implant posts are used towards the back of the mouth while longer and narrower implant posts are used towards the front of the mouth.
The number of dental implant posts you will need depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. A dental crown will only require a single implant while a dental bridge or denture will require multiple dental implants.
The next part is a small piece called an abutment. Its purpose is to connect the implant to the actual restoration. It is attached directly to the implant in one of two ways.
In some instances, a healing abutment is recommended. It is placed on the implant immediately following the surgical placement to help the gum tissues heal properly around the implant site. When the implant has fully fused with the surrounding bone, it is removed and replaced with the permanent abutment.
With a two stage abutment, the implant site is sutured shut after implantation. When the implant has fused with the bone, it is then opened back up and the permanent abutment is attached.
The dental restoration is the final part that completes a dental implant restoration. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located along the jaw, you will either have a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture attached to your implant posts.
If you are missing one tooth, a dental crown will be attached to a single dental implant. If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, your teeth will be replaced with a dental bridge and at least two implant posts. If you are missing many or all of your teeth, your Corbin Dental dentist will replace your teeth with a denture and up to eight implant posts.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule a complementary dental implant consultation with Dr. Richard Corbin or Dr. Bruce Corbin. We offer expert dental implant services at all of our dentist office locations in Bayside and Oyster Bay, NY.