Healing Abutments play a crucial role in the healing process of a patient undergoing a dental implant procedure. Healing abutments are made from either Titanium, Polyoxymethylene, PEEK or Zirconia.
The dental healing cap has many advantages, some of which include the following:
- They help in the final contouring of the crown attached to the dental implant
- Enable a more aesthetic look since they provide a more precise closing of the tissue surrounding the dental implant.
- At times can help in avoiding additional dental procedures and the decrease in soft tissue growth.
- Helps seal off the exposed portion of the dental implant from the rest of the mouth.
- Assists in closing the exposed portion other implant from the rest of the oral cavity.
- Help manage the source of healthy soft tissue.
- Assist in shaping the gums for contour of the final crown.
- Healing abutments are available in various lengths and diameters in order to accommodate different types of healing processes.
When putting the dental healing caps into place, this surgical procedure is done in two steps.
The Purpose of The Healing Abutment
The healing abutment is exposed and a cover screw is taken out enabling the healing cap to be placed instead on top of the dental implant. The area will be sutured for about 2 weeks or so, depending on the healing process after the procedure is done. Usually this is a sufficient amount of time to allow for the soft tissue surround the area to heal properly.
Once the area has healed nicely, the restoration phase can begin.
The second step of the surgical procedure then begins, the dental healing cap is placed on the dental implant platform in order to avoid the possibility of the tissue or bone from growing into the area between the implant and the fixation screw.