Anatomy of Teeth and Dental Implants

Anatomy of Teeth and Dental Implants

dental implant modelMost of us don’t give our teeth much thought on a day-to-day basis. Well, this is until something is wrong. That’s when you start to learn more about how complex teeth are.

A major part of preventative care is patient education. Understanding your teeth will allow you to prioritize your dental health — and with that in mind, let’s dive deeper into the anatomy of your teeth and what that means when seeking dental implants.

A Closer Look at the Anatomy of Teeth

Let’s get started with the basics.
  • The crown is the part of your tooth that’s exposed. This is what you see above the gumline.
  • The neck is between the crown and root. Located at the gum line, it is the dividing region of the tooth.
  • The root is what anchors your tooth to your jawline. It is found below the gumline.
When diving deeper into the anatomy of teeth, there are a lot of moving parts, all of which play an essential role in optimal oral health. From the enamel to the dentin, the pulp cavity to the root canal, there are a lot of things that can do wrong. For example, something as simple as bacteria accessing the pulp cavity can lead to an infection and a necessary extraction.

How Do Dental Implants Work and When Are They Needed?

As discussed, oral health is a complex topic, and it requires individualized care.

Dental implants are recommended when you wish to replace damaged or missing teeth. These implants look and function like real teeth, allowing you to avoid dentures or bridgework.

Just like natural teeth, dental implants are made of parts, all of which serve a unique purpose. The three main parts include:

  • The fixture — This is the small screw that is implanted into your jaw bone, acting as your tooth’s root. These fixtures are customizable depending on the size of the tooth (or teeth) that need to be replaced. Following implantation, the fixture will fuss to the surrounding bone. This results in a natural look and top functionality.
  • The abutment — Think of the abutment as the neck, as it sits between the fixture and the prosthetic. Again, there are several types available, ensuring the most natural appearance possible.
  • The dental prosthetic — This is the visible portion of the dental implant. When replacing a tooth or two, these are what’s referred to as dental crowns. You can work with your implant dentist one-on-one to identify what you need.

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Content found on this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional judgement, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please speak with a professional if you have concerns about your oral health.