Dental Implants 101 in Sterling & Gainesville, VA
The implant is responsible for holding the rest of the tooth implant in place. It is basically just a small post made from titanium that is surgically implanted into your jaw bone. Since titanium is naturally compatible with the body, the implant will begin to fuse with the jaw bone once it is in place. This process is referred to as “osseointegration
.” After a period of three to six months, the implant will become fully integrated and will function just like a natural tooth root. In addition to providing stability, the implant also stimulates the jaw bone and prevents deterioration.
This is another small piece of metal that is used to connect the implant with the crown. After the implant has healed, Dr. Kharmouche will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the titanium post. Then, an abutment piece is attached so that it protrudes slightly above the gum line.
The crown is a small piece of porcelain that is shaped and colored just like a natural tooth. It is the only visible portion of the tooth implant
. The crown is placed over the abutment to give the structure a natural appearance and also to enable normal chewing functions. While other parts of the tooth implant usually do not need to be replaced, the crown is subject to more wear and tear and may need to be replaced over time.
There is over five decades worth of scientific research available which proves that a tooth implant is often the best long term option for replacing missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants in Sterling, VA
, contact Dr. Kharmouche and schedule your consultation today