Dental implants from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO have the potential to transform lives.
The dental implant procedure involves three main parts:
- The implant—also called a post or artificial tooth root
- The abutment—a connector piece
- The prosthesis—artifical tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture
In this post, we discuss the critical connecting component: the abutment.
What Is An Abutment?
The abutment is the connector piece between an implant and the artifical tooth. It connects the crown, dental bridge, or denture to the implant.
We may affix a temporary healing abutment to the post during the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes described as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’
When the implant has fused with the bone and is ready for the final abutment, the healing abutment is detached. Then the permanent abutment is placed.
What Is The Abutment Made Of?
Abutments are created with titanium, stainless steel, zirconia, gold, or polyether ether ketone. Each type of material has specific properties. We will choose the best material for your unique needs.
How Does My Dentist Attach The Abutment?
Attaching the abutment is a fairly easy procedure. We will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant location to expose the implant. Then the abutment is attached. We may place the prosthesis at the same time, or wait until your gums have healed.