What is an Implant?

An Implant Consists of Three Separate Parts:

The Implant Post

Conventional dental implants consist of three separate parts. The first part is the implant post that is made from titanium, a metal that is highly biocompatible with the body and which can integrate extremely well with natural bone. The implant post is inserted into the jawbone and is left to integrate with the bone. This process is called Osseo integration and the implant post is specially treated to encourage the growth of new bone cells on and around the post. It normally takes several months for this process to be completed, by which time the implant post will be part of the jawbone. This means it will be strong enough to support the replacement tooth.

The Abutment

The abutment is attached to the implant post and protrudes just above the gum line. This is used to support the restoration. There are many different types of abutments that can be attached to an implant post, depending on the final restoration to be used.

Tooth Restoration

This is the final part of an implant and there are various types of restorations that can be supported by dental implants. Single dental implants can support single crowns, while multiple implants can be used to support dental bridges, including full arch bridges. It’s also possible to use dental implants to secure loose dentures.

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