A dental implant goes into the jaw bone like a natural tooth root goes into the jaw bone. Look at the dental implant diagram above and compare the dental implant to the natural tooth root. However, the dental implant is made out of titanium metal and the natural tooth root is made out of dentin with a coating on its outside called cementum.
The dental implant post precisely connects to the top of the dental implant. The dental implant post is usually screwed into the top of the dental implant. An artificial dental crown can be made to precisely fit onto the implant post. Most patients prefer natural looking porcelain fused to gold crowns so that the artificial dental crown can cosmetically blend into the mouth.
The gums around the dental implant hug the top of the dental implant. The top of the dental implant is highly polished so that the gums can grow tightly to the polished surface and seal out food and debri.
The jaw bone around the dental implant holds it firmly in the mouth. The pressure from chewing on the implant crown is transmitted to the underlying bone and helps keep this bone healthy. Bone needs stimulation or it will melt away.
In this diagram there is an artificial crown placed on top of the dental implant post. This closely resembles the way natural intended teeth to function. Some patients prefer to attach a bar to several implants so that a denture can firmly clip to the bar. This is a less expensive use of dental implants and for many patients, helps correct their loose dentures problem. The dental implant show above is called a root form dental implant, however, a blade/plate form dental implant is available.
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to schedule a free dental implant consultation with Atlanta Implant Dentist, Dr. Mark Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 for your appointment. Dr. P has been involved with dental implants in Atlanta since 1987.