Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implant Abutment in Miami
September 15, 2023 – Dr. Patty
A missing tooth doesn’t have to stop you from living your best life. Dental implants—permanent, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing — offer a perfect, long-term solution. A dental implant abutment, which provides a secure connection between the implant and the crown, is an essential part of the process. When considering dental implants in Miami, find an experienced cosmetic dentist who can inform you about the procedure from start to finish.
At Dr. Patty Miami Cosmetic Dentistry, wellness, health, richness, and beauty go hand in hand. We personalize each treatment, including implant abutment, with bountiful amenities and comfortable luxury. In this blog, we provide all the information you need about dental implant abutments in Miami—from what they are and why we use them to how they work and the benefits they offer. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant abutments, then call us at (305) 735-3002 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
What is a Dental Implant?
Comprised of a metal post, abutment, and crown, a dental implant is an artificial tooth your Miami cosmetic dentist surgically fixes into the jawbone. Acting as a root, the post securely anchors the implant while the abutment links it to the crown – the part that resembles your natural tooth. With its custom-made crown, a dental implant perfectly blends with your existing teeth for a natural-looking smile that lasts a lifetime.
Made of titanium, zirconia, gold, stainless steel, or another material, a dental implant abutment connects a prosthesis (tooth) to an implant (an artificial tooth root). When consulting your dental professional, she may advise dental implants and healing abutments to restore gum tissue or help gum tissue heal, depending on your unique circumstances. Your restorative dentist will also advise you about the material she recommends for your healing abutment. If needed, your dental professional places the abutment during the initial surgery at the same time as the implant or during a second surgery.
The design of final abutments depends on the presence of a bridge, denture, or crown. For crowns, the abutment is akin to a stumpy screw; it may also connect through internal or external hexagon connectors on the implant post.
Zirconia vs. Titanium Abutments
Zirconia or titanium comprises dental abutments. Which one should you choose? Whether a titanium or zirconia abutment suits a client depends on various factors, including the client’s specific case, aesthetic preferences, and our recommendation. While titanium abutments have a long history of success and durability, zirconia abutments offer improved aesthetics. Ultimately, you should consult an experienced Miami cosmetic dentist, who can determine the best material for you after completing a thorough evaluation.
Advantages of Titanium Abutments
- High strength
- Compatible with various implant systems.
- Allows for osseointegration (fusion with the bone)
Advantages of Zirconia Abutments
- Aesthetic white color, making them more natural-looking
- Highly biocompatible and hypoallergenic
- Can be used for patients with thin or translucent gingival tissues
- Titanium: Machined or cast from solid titanium using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology.
- Zirconia: Milled from a solid block of zirconia using CAD/CAM technology.
Insertion Techniques and Healing Process:
A Miami dentist inserts titanium and zirconia abutments into the dental implant fixture after the initial osseointegration phase. The healing process involves proper oral hygiene, regular check-ups, and following the post-operative instructions your cosmetic dentist provides.
How Does a Miami Cosmetic Dentist Place an Abutment?
The procedure for placing abutments generally involves two steps: implant placement followed by placing healing abutments. When placing a dental abutment, a Miami cosmetic dentist makes a small incision to reveal the original implant. She then secures the abutment, either temporarily or as a final abutment, after taking impressions and allowing adequate time for the gums’ healing process — usually four to six weeks.
Benefits of a Dental Implant Abutment
Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth and can have a positive impact on your self-esteem. They look and feel like natural teeth and can last for many years with proper care. In addition, dental implants do not require any special maintenance or cleaning beyond what you would normally do for your teeth.
Using dental implant abutment over traditional bridgework has several advantages.
- It is more comfortable than traditional bridgework because there is no need for grinding down adjacent teeth to place the bridge.
- It is more secure than traditional bridgework because it does not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
- It looks more natural than traditional bridgework because it does not require metal clasps or bands to hold it in place.
How Much Do Dental Abutments Cost?
The cost to place abutments varies, depending on factors such as how many implants a client needs and the type of material the dental laboratory uses to create the abutment. However, when compared to traditional bridgework, dental implant abutment provides long-term benefits that make it worth considering, even if there is an upfront cost involved.
What Aftercare is Required After Placing Final Abutments?
Avoid hard or crunchy foods, just as you would after most dental procedures. Because correct cleaning prevents infection, be sure to brush and floss your teeth in the morning when you wake up, in between meals, and before you go to bed. Your Miami cosmetic dentist will recommend suitable mouth rinses to incorporate into your routine. Practicing good oral hygiene promotes healing in between dental check-ups.
Call your dentist if you notice your bleeding will not stop, you have a fever of over 100.4℉, you suffer from facial pain that the prescribed medicine will not alleviate, your bite feels wrong, or you see chips or breaks in the permanent prosthesis.
Take Pleasure in Your New Peace of Mind with Dr. Patty Miami Cosmetic Dentistry
Your cosmetic journey awaits at Dr. Patty Miami, where we invite you to experience timeless grace as we help you transform your smile with new teeth in the form of dental implants with abutments. If you’re ready to exude sophistication and restore your smile and oral health, call (305) 735-3002 or complete our online form to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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