August 14, 2019
Without question, dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, which explains why they’re so popular. In fact, an estimated 500,000 implants are placed each year in the U.S., giving people a beautifully restored smile that looks and feels more natural than anything else. If you’re considering dental implants, a good place to start is researching the various components they’re made of and the materials used for each. After all, the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to make the best decision for your smile! Keep reading below to learn about the three parts of an implant and the materials each one can be made from.
What Are Implants Made Of?
You may think of an implant as an entire replacement tooth (i.e. both the root and crown). However, the implant itself is only a post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. This is the distinguishing factor that sets implants apart and accounts for their many benefits. Other replacement options such as traditional bridges and dentures only replace the crowns of missing teeth.
The most common material for implants is titanium, which is the same bio-compatible material used in knee and hip replacements. It’s incredibly strong and safe and has the ability to osseointegrate or “fuse” with the surrounding jawbone, giving your new tooth a sturdy base of support.
What Are Abutments Made Of?
An abutment is attached to your implant after the osseointegration phase is complete. Essentially, it’s a type of adaptor that secures the implant to a crown, bridge or denture, keeping it in place and providing extra stability. Abutments can be made from various materials such as titanium, stainless steel, gold, or zirconia. Your dentist in Weymouth will determine the best material based on the type of restoration you need and other factors.
What Is an Implant Restoration Made Of?
There are several different materials that can be used, depending on the type of restoration you need:
- Dental crown or bridge – A crown or bridge that’s used for an implant is virtually the same as any other crown or bridge you would get. These restorations can be made from porcelain, metal, or zirconia, and will be precisely matched in shape and color to the rest of your teeth to look very natural.
- Denture – Full and partial dentures can be made from acrylic and metal, nylon resin, and/or plastic.
Using strong, aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting materials, the three different pieces of an implant work together to give you a beautifully restored smile that can last a lifetime.
About the Author
Dr. William Olafson is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Weymouth and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He’s dedicated to providing exceptional restorative care and always educates his patients about dental implants to help them better understand the process. He’s happy to answer any questions you may have and can be reached via his website.
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