Dental Implants 101: The Crown, the Abutment, and the Post
The crown is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of porcelain and is also fully customizable so you can design your perfect new smile. It’s also strong enough to allow you to bite into a steak or an ear of corn.
The abutment is what holds the post and crown together. The connection created by the abutment reinforces the post and crown, making them even stronger and permanent (but removable by a doctor). The best part is that these begin supporting your new teeth shortly after your surgery.
The post is a medical-grade titanium screw that serves as an artificial root for your new teeth. The advantages of medical-grade titanium are that it doesn’t corrode and it has properties that help it fuse permanently with human bones. As an added bonus, modern dental implants now only require four to six posts to restore an entire arch.
Teeth In A Day
Our Teeth in a Day procedure is designed to permanently replace all of your teeth on a single arch, using 4-6 total implants for replacement of both the upper and lower arch. Why four to six implants? While it might be conceivable to use more or fewer, our clinicians have found this to be the optimal number.
Try thinking of a roadway bridge: The engineer who designs it doesn’t put a support column under every inch, only enough columns to successfully carry the weight of the bridge, plus any other forces exerted on it. In a similar way, this is the same way your new smile will be architected.
Multiple implant treatment is an ideal option for candidates who are in the beginning stages of failing teeth. Even with good dental care, many older patients face the loss of multiple teeth as they age. Having many missing teeth is not only a problem for how you look and feel, but can also be detrimental to your health. Replacing these teeth is critical to maintaining the rest of your oral health.
It is important to note that while it may appear that there are only a few missing teeth, depending on the condition of your jawbone, the Teeth in a Day treatment may be necessary. This is because bone deterioration can happen under the gum, and may not even be noticeable.
Multiple Implant Treatment
Single Implant Treatment
If you have lost a single tooth due to an accident or from periodontal disease, that one tooth can be easily replaced using a dental implant. To replace a single tooth, a dental implant is inserted into the site where the tooth is missing. The implant serves as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth.
A small post called an abutment is then connected to the implant, and a replacement tooth is cemented on top of the abutment. Your new tooth will look and function just like your other natural teeth.