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The Benefits of Dental Implants

You've probably seen advertisements for dental implants and know that they're used to replace missing permanent teeth. You might even know that they're offered at Horizon Family Dental Care in Clinton, Maryland. But just in case you're not sure about the way dental implants are put together, our team of dentists will detail each part of the implant - the post, the abutment, and the crown - and their unique functions.

Post

On its own, this tiny piece of metal doesn't look very remarkable. However, it's the base that supports a dental implant that, with proper care, can last a lifetime. Placement of the post involves a minor dental surgery at your Clinton dentist's office in which a small space will be etched out in the jawbone. The post will then be situated and the gum tissue closed over it. Although you'll be back to normal within a few days, your jawbone will be working over a period of 3 to 6 months to fuse around the post, replicating a natural tooth's root in the process. It's then that the post is ready to support the rest of the implant: the abutment and the crown.

Abutment

Even smaller than a post, this section of metal is tiny but integral to the structure of a dental implant. After the post has integrated into place, your Clinton dentist will make a very small incision to attach the abutment to the top of the post. Installation of the abutment allows the crown to be attached and the implant to be finished.

Crown

Made from porcelain, your crown will be perfectly matched to the rest of your teeth. It will be shaped, buffed, painted, and polished to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Crowns will have a divot on the underneath side where they can be attached to the abutment that will hold them in place. Once your dental implant from your Clinton dentist is completed, you'll be able to eat, smile, and talk confidently again!

If you think you'd benefit from dental implants, contact Horizon Family Dental Care in Clinton, Maryland at 301-868-3203 to make an appointment with one of the members of our dental team. We also have offices in Baltimore, MD ( 410-332-9998), La Plata, MD ( 301-719-3533), and Hanover, MD ( 410-799-9991) to better serve you.

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