The dental implant procedure involves three main components:
- The implant — also called a post or artificial tooth root
- The abutment — a connector piece
- The prosthesis — artificial tooth crown, dental bridge or denture/partial denture
Today, we’re talking about the crucial connecting component: the abutment.
What Is An Abutment?
The abutment is the connector piece between a tooth implant and an artificial tooth. It links the crown, dental bridge, or denture to the implant.
Your dentist may mount 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 removed. Then the permanent abutment is attached.
What Is The Abutment Made Of?
Abutments are constructed with titanium, stainless steel, zirconia, gold, or polyether ether ketone. Each type of material has specific properties. Your dentist will choose the best material for your unique needs.
How Does My Dentist Attach The Abutment?
Attaching the abutment is a fairly easy service. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant site to expose the implant. Then the abutment is attached. Your dentist may place the prosthesis at the same time. Or your dentist may wait until your gums have healed.
If you are researching the cost of a dental implant, determine whether the advertised price includes the abutment and prosthesis.