Dr. Robert Gauthier is a talented restorative dentist in Worcester, MA. For all his patients suffering from missing or damaged teeth, he will recommend dental implants. Teeth implants are an advanced teeth replacement solution that resembles real teeth.
Parts of Dental Implants
Teeth that are replaced with dental implants are made up of three parts: the fixture, abutment, and dental prosthesis. These parts will connect together to make up the number one dentist recommended way to replace your teeth.
A fixture, also called an implant post, is a metal screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. This piece will fuse with the bone over the span of several months making it very stable and durable. Its main responsibilities are to support the dental prosthesis as well as act as a tooth root. An implant post will prevent the underlying jaw bone from deteriorating, a common side effect in tooth loss. Since the fixture is essentially an extension of the jaw bone, it will hold the false teeth in place preventing slippage and allowing for a greater chewing force. They come in various lengths and diameters to accommodate the different areas they need to be placed along the top and bottom arches.
The abutment is a short stumpy connector piece that will connect the implant to the dental prosthetic. It will sit right at or just above the gum line but will not be seen once the false teeth are attached. This piece is screwed onto the implant once the implant has fully fused with the jaw bone. This involves a minor procedure and is used in two stage implants. There are also one stage implants where the abutment is attached to the implant immediately after they are surgically placed.
A dental prosthetic is the piece that will act as replacement teeth. It is the last thing to be attached to complete the entire restoration. There are several different types available depending on how many teeth you are missing. A dental crown is used when a single tooth is missing. Dental bridges are typically used when there are more than two consecutive teeth missing. An entire row of teeth, top or bottom, can be replaced with a denture.
How long will my dental implants last?
If you take care of your oral health at home and visit our Worcester, MA office every six months for a checkup, then your fixtures should last a lifetime. The key to them lasting forever is proper care. The prosthesis, on the other hand, will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years from regular wear and tear.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
As you can see, teeth that are replaced with dental implants involve a lot of separate pieces and procedures. These sophisticated and advanced materials are costly. You will also need to visit your dentist many times for checkups to make sure everything is progressing well.
Book a dental implant consultation today by contacting Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA at (508) 687-6579 or by scheduling an appointment online.