A single implant consists of several materials which are placed in successive steps. The first part of the process involves drilling a small hole in the jawbone. Inside this hole, a surgical-grade titanium post is inserted. The purpose of the post is to serve as an anchor for the entire structure once it has fused with the bone, a process known as “osseointegration.” Much like a screw, the post is threaded and the uneven surfaces make the fusion process much easier and faster.
Once complete, an abutment is placed on top of the post. The abutment is the actual structure to which the visible portion of the implant — the porcelain crown — is attached. Porcelain offers tremendous benefits, as it is very strong and looks like a natural tooth. Single dental implants allow patients to eat and speak effortlessly. Best of all, no one will guess you ever had a missing tooth.