Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to function as replacement tooth roots. They replace tooth roots that no longer promote bone growth due to disease or injury.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. After the jawbone has healed, a permanent restoration such as a dental crown can be attached.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is the most successful form of treatment for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, and it serves as the “root” of an artificial tooth made of porcelain that is attached to the implant.
In addition to looking and feeling natural, these prosthetics offer a number of practical benefits. For instance, dental implants restore your ability to eat the foods you love. Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or slide because they are affixed to the jawbone. In addition, they are easy to clean, unlike dentures, which need to be removed and soaked overnight.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?
The implant process begins with an assessment to determine if dental implants are right for you. During this assessment, the dentist determines if you have enough bone to support an implant. If you have enough bone, the dentist takes x-rays and/or scans of your mouth and jaw to determine where to place the implant.
If your bone does not support an implant, the dentist may recommend a bone graft to restore the bone. After your assessment, your dentist will numb the area and drill a small hole into the jawbone. Next, the implant is screwed into place. The implant actually becomes incorporated into the jawbone and acts as the root of the tooth. Over the next 3-6 months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone. During the healing period, a temporary crown or bridge may be used to replace missing teeth.
Are there different types of dental implants?
Yes. Two common types of dental implants are endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are surgically implanted directly into the jaw after a bone graft. Subperiosteal implants are surgically implanted on top of the jaw, with a metal framework being placed under the gums.
Subperiosteal implants are ideal for patients with low bone density since they do not rely on the bone for anchoring. Subperiosteal implants are also removable, making them more affordable than endosteal implants.
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