Dental implants are made up of artificial tooth roots that provide a base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are an effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, decayed teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit and function like real, natural teeth, dental implants have become the new standard in tooth replacement.
Dental implant fixtures are made from a medical-grade titanium that, over time, fuses to the bone cells of the jaw. This union forms a strong and durable base for the implants so there is no slippage or other movement.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
- The implant: A screw that is permanently attached to the jaw and serves as a root for your new teeth.
- The abutment: A connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
- The crown (or cap): The crown is usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and aesthetics.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. If a full arch is needed, you may be a perfect candidate for the all-on-four treatment. Four implants will be placed and then a full arch of teeth are attached, giving the procedure its name (all teeth, only four implants).
If you think you are a good candidate for dental implants, call our office at (813) 977-7000 to schedule a consultation today!