Part of what makes a dental implant special are the many benefits that they yield. Not only do they offer realistic-looking options for tooth replacement but they also present an option for tooth replacement that feels natural. Surprisingly, however, the benefits of dental implants do not end there. They also aid in preventing complications stemming from tooth loss such as the domino effect (further tooth loss) and bone density loss in the jaw. But how do they do it? Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, breaks down dental implants by looking at the parts that form them.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
The three parts of a dental implant are the post, the abutment, and the crown. The post is inserted into the jaw, where it acts as an anchor for the crown (the prosthetic visible above the gum line). The crown attaches to the post by means of the abutment, a connecting piece that prevents the crown from moving or twisting.
The Natural Look of a Dental Implant Restoration
The crown is responsible for the cosmetic result of a dental implant restoration. Today’s dental crowns look very lifelike with a natural sheen. They are also customized for each patient.
The Natural Feel of a Dental Implant Restoration
The post of the dental implant is responsible for the natural feel of a dental implant restoration. Just like a natural tooth, a dental implant has its root in the jaw, allowing the restoration to mimic the feel of a natural tooth.
Dental Implants vs. Tooth Loss Complications
The post is also responsible for warding away the complications associated with tooth loss. Its presence triggers the body to resume nutrition of the area vacated by the lost tooth. This nutrition ceased when the lost tooth’s root left the jaw. With the nutrient flow restored, nearby teeth and the jawbone can remain healthy.
Dental Implants from Your Ankeny Dentist
Are you missing a tooth? Do you want a restoration that looks and feels natural? Look no farther than dental implants. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Peddicord, today by calling 515-963-3339. Our 50021 dentist office welcomes patients from Ankeny, Bondurant, Cambridge, Sheldal, Maxwell, Collins, and all surrounding communities.