What Is A Dental Implant Abutment And What Is It Used For?
When most people talk about dental implants they generally think about the porcelain crown and the titanium post that’s secured into the jaw bone. However there is a third piece known as the abutment and it is arguably the most important piece of the dental implant. In Richmond and indeed anywhere else in the country most clinics would suggest that without it, the whole implantation process is rendered useless.
So what exactly is it?
An abutment is a ball shaped material which has several roles to play. Firstly it acts as the main connection between the visible prosthetic crown and the invisible titanium rod or post. Secondly and more importantly, it has to take the load of a bite and transfer that weight down through the titanium rod which is fastened into the jaw bone. When you imagine that an average human bite puts about 200lbs of pressure on a tooth, you soon realise that without it the implant could easily be rendered useless.
So what are they made of?
Just like the implant or rod, the material of an abutment has to be strong, durable, and indeed lightweight. Therefore it’s understandable that many abutments are also made from titanium. In addition, and for a more natural look and feel. Some are also made from dental porcelain which has the same type of properties. When you seek dental implants in Richmond, then here at Sheen Dental we’ll discuss this with you, as each individual has different needs and requirements.
How far along the process is the abutment fitted?
This question all depends upon the type of implant you are having fitted. It could be that in some instances it has been attached at the same time as the implant itself as in the case of All-In-One implants. Alternatively however, and more likely, is that an abutment will be placed after the implant has taken root and bone fusion has occurred. This is normally around 4-12 weeks after the initial implant placement when another small incision will be made to uncover the implant to fit the abutment. There is such a varied time scale because each person is different and what could be a 4 week ossoeintegration (bone fusion) process for some could easily be 12 weeks and more for others. So an important point to note is that an abutment can either be fitted right at the start of the process or after successful bone fusion.
As you can see, an abutment may be small, but it’s vital to the overall success of your dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we offer all our potential patients a free, no-obligation consultation where they can come and see the premises, meet the team and get any questions or concerns answered that they have about the whole process. So why not book your consultation today on 020 8876 5277 or alternatively visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk for further details.