Dental implants have been a remarkably successful addition to the dental world. They are far and away the best option for replacing a missing tooth or a couple of teeth. This is because the implant base integrates into the jawbone and then provides the anchor that makes the crown (false tooth) above it function just like a natural tooth.
Dental implant technology continues to evolve, and the latest change is the use of conical abutments in place of conventional plug-in abutments. This eliminates the possibility of bacteria adhering to the abutment, which further ensures successful building of bone around the implant base and the abutment above.
Dr. Smith uses only conical abutments for our Dental Arts of Hedgesville patients.
Dental implants consist of three parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. The titanium implant is shaped like a screw and is screwed down into the jawbone in the hole formerly occupied by the natural tooth root. The abutment is the connection between the implant base and the artificial tooth. It is attached to the titanium implant. The artificial tooth/crown is then attached to the abutment.
Problems with bone loss
Over the years, some patients have developed bone loss at the abutment with the former standard plug-in abutment types. This was initially not understood, but then research showed that bacteria had adhered to the rough form of the abutment and then caused the upper bone to deteriorate around it. The initial solution to this problem was to make the abutment smooth rather than rough (it was initially thought that the rough abutment exterior would help with bone integration). But a slight gap could still develop where the abutment and the artificial tooth joined, so bacteria could still get in there.
The solution is the conical abutments used by Dr. Smith at Dental Arts of Hedgesville. The conical abutment merges the original tapered implant base with a tight sealed conical connection. This seal is so tight that a scanning electron microscope cannot detect any spaces or gaps. This is not the case with conventional plug-in abutments.
By using conical abutments, Dr. Smith feels the implants we place have virtually no possibility of developing bacteria around the abutment, which will make already high rates of implant success even higher.
Trust the team at Dental Arts of Hedgesville to stay on the cutting edge of the latest dental technology, such as our use of conical abutments. Is it time to schedule your next appointment? Call us at (304) 754-8803 to make your appointment.