When you begin learning about dental implants, you will quickly discover the major benefits. This is a tooth replacement solution that often trumps all others for a patient, due to its solid stability and exceptionally long life (implants may remain in place for a lifetime, after all). However, when it comes to the particulars of how an implant restores a missing tooth, do you know much about the different parts? Or, do you assume an implant is a single piece? Test your knowledge (and clear up any confusion) with a brief quiz.
Dental Implant Parts Quiz: True or False?
- True or False: The dental implant post is composed of plastic – it is a single piece that replaces your roots and the visible part of your tooth.
- True or False: In order to connect the implant (once you have recovered) to a restoration, we will use a part known as an “abutment.”
- True or False: When we speak about your “restoration” or “restoring” your implant we are talking about making improvements or repairs to your implant.
- False. The dental implant is composed of biocompatible titanium. It is a single piece that replaces only your missing roots – not the visible crown of your missing tooth.
- True. You may wear a temporary abutment to begin. After recovery, we will place a permanent abutment that will connect the implant replacing your roots with prosthetic you have chosen to restore the crown (portion above your gumline) of your tooth.
- False. To “restore” your dental implant is to place a “restoration” – or prosthetic tooth or device – to replace the visible tooth tissue you have lost. A single tooth replacement will require a dental crown, while replacing multiple teeth at once will rely on a bridge, partial, or denture.