Today, dental implants are designed with your comfort in mind. First, Dr. Dernick and his team use custom color matching tools to emulate the shade of your natural teeth. Then, the expert team will explain the procedure. A dental implant is made of three main parts: the post, abutment, and the crown.
What is a Dental Implant?
Say goodbye to ill-fitting dentures and gooey pastes! Dr. Dernick and his Smiles of Memorial team are proud to offer dental implants, placed in-office. Whether you are missing one tooth or a full set of teeth, Dr. Dernick can restore your smile with natural looking and functioning dental implants. Discover the resolution in dentistry that Houstonians are raving about!
Dental Implant Post
The post acts like your natural tooth’s root. The root begins at the base of the tooth and extends into the jawbone below the gumline. A dental implant post will be placed in the same position. This stabilizes the tooth and sets dental implants apart from traditional restorations like dentures. With a post secured in your jawbone, you will be able to enjoy hard-to-eat foods like steak.
Dental Implant Abutment
The abutment sits between the post that is placed below the gumline and the crown that is placed on top of the tooth. A dental implant abutment secures the crown to the post to ensure a tight, comfortable fit while speaking and eating.
Dental Implant Crown
The third part of the dental implant is the crown. A crown used for a dental implant does not differ from a normal crown placed on a natural tooth. However, you will not receive your permanent crown until a few weeks or months after your implant is placed. After your surgery, Dr. Dernick will place a temporary, removable crown that will appear natural but will let the post heal in your jawbone before placing the permanent crown.
Dental Implant Bridge
If you are missing 3 or more teeth in a row, Dr. Dernick may recommend a dental implant bridge. A traditional bridge places a crown above the gumline, where the missing tooth laid. The crown is secured to two nearby teeth with a crown or band on each tooth. A dental implant bridge works similarly in that it holds a crown where a tooth laid; however, instead of attaching to nearby natural teeth, the crown attaches to two dental implants on either side of it. This allows a more secure fit for the missing teeth.
Implants vs. Dentures
There are numerous reasons why many houstonians prefer implants over traditional dentures. As we have discussed above, dental implants are a non-removable solution that look and function like a natural tooth. Further, dental implants can last for many decades without being replaced. Overall, patients at Smiles of Memorial are ecstatic about the appearance and function of dental implants from Dr. Dernick.