Understanding Dental Implant Components: Posts, Abutments & Crowns

Dental implants have revolutionized the way we approach tooth replacement, offering a durable and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Understanding the components of dental implants can help demystify the process and set realistic expectations. Let’s break down the three key parts of a dental implant: posts, abutments and crowns.

The implant post

The implant post, also known as the fixture or screw, is the foundation of a dental implant. Made from biocompatible materials like titanium, the post is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth’s root once was. This component serves as a stable anchor for the entire implant.

After placement, the post undergoes a process called osseointegration, where it fuses with the jawbone. This integration creates a strong and permanent bond, much like a natural tooth root. The biocompatible material also ensures that the post is not only accepted by the body but also resistant to corrosion and wear.

The implant abutment

Once the implant post is securely in place and has integrated with the jawbone, the next step is attaching the abutment. The abutment is a connector that sits on top of the implant post and holds the crown in place.

The abutment ensures a stable and secure connection between the post and the crown. Abutments can be custom-shaped and angled to ensure the crown fits perfectly with the surrounding teeth and provides a natural bite. In short, the abutment acts as a bridge between the implant post and the crown, ensuring the final restoration is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The implant crown

The crown is the visible part of the dental implant that looks and functions like a natural tooth. It is custom-made to match the size, shape and color of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance.

Crowns are typically made from porcelain or ceramic materials that mimic the look and translucency of natural teeth. A well-made crown also restores full chewing function and maintains the alignment and spacing of surrounding teeth. You should care for your implant crowns the same way you care for your natural teeth: brush twice a day, rinse with mouthwash and floss regularly. Although the crowns won’t decay like natural teeth, it’s still important to follow this routine for the sake of your overall oral health.

The crown is the final component that completes the dental implant, and is the only part of the implant that anyone can see, once the process is complete.

Schedule your dental implant consultation today

Understanding the roles of the implant post, abutment and crown can help you appreciate the complexity and effectiveness of dental implants.

If you’re considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike and our experienced Cleveland Implant Institute team. Once you’ve scheduled your first appointment, we’ll discuss your specific needs and create a personalized treatment plan to restore your smile with confidence. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants and take the first step toward a brighter smile.

Request An Appointment

What Our Clients Are Saying