Posted on May 2, 2014 in Frequently Asked Questions, News

What is a Custom Implant Abutment?

Implant abutment


An Implant abutment is what connects the crown you see in the mouth to the implant replacing where the tooth was lost. 

Implant, Abutment


The threaded post you see in the radiograph above is the implant. The neck or “abutment” is anchored in the implant by a screw that will become the foundation for a crown visible in the mouth is cemented on top.  

Implant, abutment

The implant is ideally placed well below the gum line as seen above.  In this photograph, there is only a slight shadow revealing the actual implant without the abutment. 

Healing abutment


The surgeon will place the implant and allow the area to heal for a period of time.  The metal object above is usually what the patient sees during the healing stage.  This is an example of what is called a healing abutment.  It is used to help shape the tissue so it appears more like the natural root emerging from the gum line.  

Custom abutment

Once the implant is ready to support a tooth, the metal healing abutment is removed and a custom abutment is crafted to appear like a natural tooth prepared for a crown.  The process of replacing a natural tooth with an implant can take up to a year to complete  but if managed with care and finesse,  results can be remarkably lifelike and satisfying for a lifetime.


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