Whether you’ve lost a tooth to disease or injury, a single implant is your best choice to restore the appearance of your smile and prevent loss of bone in your jaw. Although it looks and acts just like a real tooth, it’s not actually one solid piece but rather a combination of different structures working together to provide beauty and strength to the implant.
- Implant Screw or Fixture: The implant screw is the first piece of your single dental implant to be placed in your jaw and is the anchor for everything else. Constructed from titanium, the implant screw is sometimes also sprayed with a special coating to encourage it osseointegrate into the jawbone.
- Abutment: Also made from titanium, the abutment is a special connector that joins the implant screw with the dental crown. A dental technician will mill them by hand to ensure that they provide a suitable surface for the crown to attach to.
- Dental Crown: Custom-designed to mimic the part of your tooth that is visible from above the gumline, dental crowns can be manufactured from porcelain or metal. Material choice is determined by location, bite and aesthetics.
Once your single dental implant process is complete, it will be as if you never lost your tooth. You will be able to chew, smile and brush and floss just as you did before you lost your tooth.
One of the most important parts of a single dental implant is not a material but a person—your periodontist. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we’ve performed thousands of successful single and multiple dental implants on our patients. Because we specialize in dental implants (so much so that it’s part of our name!), you can trust that you will receive the best materials and procedure for your situation. If you are tired of hiding your smile due to a missing tooth, contact us to schedule a consultation today!