How Dental Implants Work

Dental Implants

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Dental implants work by screwing directly into the bone of the jaw and making the biological tissues of the gum and bone believe that a real tooth is in place. The bio-compatible titanium post of the implant bonds with the living bone in the jaw, the gums grow around it, and a perfect replica of the real tooth is used to complete the restoration. There are several types of dental implants that can be used.

Types of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants.

  • Endosteal implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. A false tooth or bridge is fastened to the implant by means of a connecting a piece called an abutment.
  • Subperiosteal implants involve a fitted metal frame that is implanted under the gums but over the jawbone. After the gums heal, the posts that stick out from the gums have artificial teeth attached to them.

The choice between endosteal and subperiosteal implants depends upon the health of your jaw and the configuration of teeth to be replaced.

The 3 Parts of a Dental Implant

A tooth implant is made of three pieces: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown.

The first step of the dental implant procedure involves surgically placing the dental implant into the jaw bone. The titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone to create a connection that is just like the one between the natural tooth and jaw. Next, the abutment is placed over the implant, and lastly the crown is placed over the abutment.

The result is a fully functional replacement tooth that feels natural, works as nature intended, and provides support to the other teeth in the jaw while encouraging healthy bone and gums.

Dental implants replace missing teeth with restorations that look, feel, and function naturally. Contact us for an appointment at our Washington D.C. or Alexandria, VA offices.

Implant dentists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Michael Hoge, of Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking an implant dentist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.