When you receive dental implants the first step is your implant placement procedure. This is followed by the placement of an abutment onto your implant post. This step forms the foundation for your new smile.

The Implant Placement Procedure

Implant placement is a dental procedure used to replace missing teeth with artificial tooth roots called dental implants. These implants are small, sturdy metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath your gums. The procedure typically involves several steps:

  1. Your Initial Assessment: Our dentist will examine your dental and medical history, as well as perform X-rays or scans to evaluate the condition of your jawbone and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
  2. Surgical Placement: During this phase, the dental implant is carefully positioned into the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. The implant acts as a foundation for the replacement tooth. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or other sedation to ensure your comfort.
  3. Healing Period: After implant placement, a healing period of a few months is usually necessary. During this time, the implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This creates a strong and durable foundation for the replacement tooth.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment serves as a link between the implant and the replacement tooth.

What Is An Implant Abutment?

An implant abutment is a crucial component of a dental implant restoration. It is a small connector that is placed on top of the dental implant, extending above the gumline. The abutment acts as a connection point between the implant, which is anchored in the jawbone, and the replacement tooth (crown) that will be visible in your mouth.

The abutment serves two main purposes:

  • Stability: The abutment provides stability and support for the replacement tooth. It securely attaches to the implant, ensuring that the crown remains in place while you eat, speak and perform everyday activities.
  • Aesthetic Integration: The abutment plays a role in achieving a natural-looking smile. It helps position the replacement tooth at the correct height and angle, ensuring that it aligns properly with your other teeth for a balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Abutments come in various shapes and materials to suit different clinical situations and patient needs. Dr. Safina LeClair will select an abutment that best fits your individual case, taking into consideration factors such as the location of the implant and your overall dental health.

Schedule Your Appointment

For more information about abutments and implant placement in Spokane, Washington, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. LeClair, contact Audubon Dental today at 509-325-4227.