Anatomy of the Dental Implant

A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium alloy implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the implant post; and the crown.

The dentist begins by determining whether or not the bone density of the jawbone is sufficient enough to support the implant.  If not, the dentist may perform a bone compaction technique or a bone graft.

The dentist will then drill into the jawbone and screw the implant post into the hole.  An abutment is then attached to the top of the implant post.  Over time, the implant will completely fuse with the jawbone and become permanent.

To complete the restoration a crown is then attached to the abutment.  The patient may now resume smiling.

Example of before and after the implant procedure.