Dr. Pham received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry, Houston in 1998. She is a member of ADA (American Dental Association), Greater Houston Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Parts of a Dental Implant and How to Take Care of Them

Considering to have a dental implant? Please read the information below for a more informed dental procedure.

What are the parts of a dental implant?

The first part of a dental implant is the fixture, which is the part that is embedded in the jawbone. It is beneath the gum line and can be considered an artificial tooth root. The next part is the abutment, which is the part that lies above the gum line that secures the dental work such as a crown or bridge. Basically, it is a screw that holds everything together. The last part is the prosthesis, which is the actual crown, bridge or denture that is replacing the lost tooth.
Is it true that getting dental implants requires drilling the gums and bones, and does it really hurt?

Yes, certain drills of different diameters are used in order to prepare a hole in which the implant will be placed. While this can be painful, your dentist will normally apply an anesthetic that will help numb the area, thus keeping you from feeling any intense pain.

How does a cap not fall off from the abutment easily?

Depending on the type of implant you get, the cap stays on the abutment on one of two ways: It is either cemented on or screwed into the actual implant. Both provide sturdy ways to keep the cap intact, however they also both have advantages over the other.

What are some ways to take care of the cap?

Your cap is not bulletproof, which means that you still need to be vigilant in how you take care of your teeth. First, brush and floss regularly to keep further decay from occurring, and also try to stay away from gum or other sticky foods that may pull the cap up.

Do you need special precautions to take care of the abutment and the implant?

Though most people do not realize it, the tooth under the cap can still decay. That is why it is important to avoid foods that are high in sugar or acid.

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