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How do dental implants work?

With dental implants, your can restore your smile’s natural function and appearance. In this post, we share some facts about what dental implants are and how the implant process works.

Are dental implants right for you?

Many of our patients believe that dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth and restore function to their smiles. It's critical that you understand exactly what dental implants are and how the implant process works if you're thinking about getting them to replace your missing teeth.

What are the parts of a dental implant?

The Implant

While all three parts of the dental implant are known as a dental implant when grouped together, the actual implant part is a tiny titanium screw that will be surgically placed in your jaw by your dentist. It will be put in the spot where the root of the missing tooth once sat. 

This screw will serve as the artificial tooth's secure "root" or base. The implant screw will fuse with your jaw bone once the healing process at the implant site is finished, creating a solid foundation for the replacement tooth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

The dental implant process can be long. After implant placement surgery, the healing process usually takes between 4 to 6 months. When your mouth has healed completely, the next step in this dental implant process can start.

The Abutment

Abutment attachment is the second step in the dental implant process. This abutment, which is typically constructed of ceramic or titanium, fastens the restoration to the dental implant.

The Restoration

Your dentist can attach a restoration to the abutment after allowing enough time for healing. This restoration could be a single implant-supported denture or bridge, or it could be multiple artificial teeth.


Typically made from porcelain, a dental bridge can be used to replace a number of missing teeth side-by-side. This restoration can be attached to just two implants that hold it in place. 


A single tooth can be replaced with a crown, which can be cemented or screwed to the abutment to create an artificial tooth that will look and function similar to a natural tooth. Dental crowns can be made from ceramic, or a mixture of porcelain and metal. 


Implant-supported dentures can be used to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth. These are typically made of porcelain teeth or acrylic resin. Implant-supported dentures are permanently attached to dental implants to create a natural-looking, secure tooth replacement, whereas conventional dentures are removable.

Note: This post is for informational purposes only. Cambie Village Dental does not offer dental implants.

Are you thinking about replacing your missing teeth? Contact your Vancouver dentist at Cambie Village Dental today. We may be able to provide you with a referral.

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