3 Parts of an Implant
Implants are an increasingly popular and versatile solution for missing teeth, bridges, or dentures. There are three main components that come together to the end result you see when you smile. When working with us, the implant fixture is placed in our office, the final prosthesis is placed by your restorative dentist, and the abutment can be placed by either Dr. Bulloch in our office or by your restorative dentist in their office.
The implant fixture is often made from titanium. This is the bottom component that is placed into the jawbone and sits just below the gum line. It is meant to replace the roots of a tooth and support the rest of the components. If a tooth is needing to be extracted, implant fixtures can usually be placed at the same time as the extraction. This cuts down on cost and healing time. There is an average of 4-6 months of healing time after the implant fixture is placed. During this time, the implant integrates with the surrounding bone giving it added support.
The abutment is a smaller piece that is placed on top of the implant fixture and is held together by a titanium screw. The abutment sits above the gum line and is used to support that crown that surrounds it. Abutments can be placed by Dr. Bulloch or it can be placed by your restorative dentist. It really depends on your restorative dentist’s preference.
The crown is the final piece that sits on everything else. It is meant to replace the shape, size, and function of your natural tooth. The final crown should match the rest of your teeth aesthetically so no one can distinguish it from any other tooth. They are permanent replacements that are cemented or screwed onto the abutment. These can be made from porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination.
Want to learn more? Stop by our office and check out some of our models to get a more visual understanding of the components that make up the implant!