Many are aware of what a dental implant is, how the procedure is done, and what it can provide for us.
However, many aren’t aware of are the details and specific parts of an implant, which is interesting to take note of if you’re looking at getting a dental implant of your own.
A dental implant abutment is one component of many dental implants that is unheard of.
What is a dental implant abutment?
To really understand what a dental implant abutment is, it’s important to know the rest of the parts of a traditional dental implant. The first component of a dental implant, the piece that is drilled into the gum tissue and slightly into the jawbone, is simply known as the “implant.” This is the bottom of the entire dental implant and what helps support the entire piece in place.
On top of the dental implant is a piece screwed on top of it known as the “abutment,” the component many aren’t aware of. This is an important component that holds the third and last piece of a dental implant in place, known as the “crown.”
The crown of a dental implant is one of the most important parts in terms of visual appearance and functionality in the mouth. This is the piece that makes all the difference in a patient’s smile and ability to properly eat. The crown is the “false tooth” component of the implant that appears very realistic as any other tooth in the mouth. However, like any other tooth, it must also be treated as one, brushed twice a day and flossed. Without the dental implant abutment, the crown would not be able to be placed on the implant.