What are Dental Implants?

Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implants are considered the leading treatment for tooth loss, because they offer a comprehensive solution that best mimics all of the functions of a natural tooth. From tooth root to crown, implants replace each of these components with artificial replacements. This unique quality to tooth implants is a major reason why they can help protect you from the many consequences of tooth loss, whereas dental bridges and removable dentures offer only much more limited benefits. It’s no wonder that tooth implants are considered superior and, indeed, the gold standard of restorative treatments.

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Dental implants have three major components: fixture, abutment, and crown.Each dental implant is better considered a system. Implants come in three major pieces, the fixture, the abutment, and the crown.

The fixture is much like a tooth root. This piece is manufactured from a titanium alloy, used because of how easy it is for the jawbone to integrate with the implant. Actually, the surface of the fixture is porous, allowing bone tissue to weave in and out of them to anchor the fixture into place. This process is known as osseointegration, and is better explained in our overview of the dental implant process. Essentially, the fixture will become part of your natural oral anatomy, providing strong, stable support for one or more dental crowns.

These crowns, usually manufactured from porcelain, are custom made to match your natural teeth as much as possible. This includes matching them by color, size, and texture. During a series of try-in appointments at our Sugar Land, TX practice, Drs. Kline and Davis will place these over your dental implants and will continue to tweak them until they seamlessly blend in with your stunning smile. We prize our tooth implants on their natural look and feel. Heads will turn to check out your new smile, but few will notice the porcelain.

The crowns are connected to the fixture via an abutment, which is a short titanium post fitted into the fixture on one end and into the crown on the other. The abutment is typically added after the fixture was placed, once the implant site has healed and integrated with the underlying bone. Usually, the abutment is placed just over the gum line, although this can vary depending on each patient’s unique oral characteristics. This can be discussed with Drs. Kline and Davis during your one-on-one consultation.

Dental implants’ unique setup gives them unique quality, including an unrivaled robustness and endurance. A well taken care of implant may last you a lifetime, and their average lifespan is well above the 7–9 year replacement cycles demanded by dental bridges and removable dentures. Furthermore, unlike removable dentures, tooth implants will never shift or move around in your mouth. Neither will they need to be removed for cleaning or maintenance. These and many other benefits are the reason why implants are more often than not preferred over alternative tooth loss procedures.

Learn More About Dental Implants at our Sugar Land Practice

If you suffer from tooth loss, dental implants may be the ideal option for you. To learn if you are a candidate, be sure to visit our dental implants candidates guide. Should you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at our Sugar Land, TX practice, please contact our warm, welcoming staff at 832-500-3935.