A dental implant typically consists of three main components: the implant fixture, the abutment, and the dental crown.
🦷 Implant Fixture: The implant fixture is a small, screw-like device that is typically made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium. It is surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as an artificial tooth root. The implant fixture is usually not visible once it is fully healed and covered by the gum tissue.
🦷 Abutment: The abutment is a connector that is attached to the top of the implant fixture. It serves as a link between the implant fixture and the dental crown. The abutment is typically a small, metal or ceramic piece that protrudes above the gum line.
🦷 Dental Crown: The dental crown is the visible part of the dental implant that resembles a natural tooth. It is custom-made to match the colour, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth and is typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of materials. The dental crown is attached to the abutment and serves as the functional part of the dental implant that allows you to bite and chew like a natural tooth.
Overall, a dental implant may not be fully visible as it is implanted into the jawbone and covered by gum tissue. The abutment and dental crown are the parts that are typically visible above the gum line, and they are designed to closely resemble a natural tooth in shape, size, and colour, providing a natural-looking result.