New Look Dental October Newsletter
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth, and because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures, for those who have issues with ill-fitting, slipping, sliding, dentures. They’re also to replace one or more teeth without ruining any border teeth.
There are two types of dental implants– Endosteal and Subperiosteal. Endosteal, or in the bone, is the most commonly used implant. Screws, cylinders, and/or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal, or on the bone, are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. This type is best for those who aren’t able to wear conventional dentures or have minimal bone height.
As with many dental treatments, the first step to getting dental implants is to have an in-depth consultation with your dentist. During this consultation, you and your dentist will come up with a treatment plan specific to your needs and prepared by a team of professionals who are trained in oral surgery. Following the creation of your treatment plan, a small post made of titanium, or the tooth root implant, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, securing it tightly in the jaw. The healing process during this time takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the jaw, a small connector post (or abutment) is attached to the post to secure the new tooth. The new tooth or teeth are created specifically to your bite and the rest of your teeth. An impression is made of your teeth and creates a model of your bite. The replacement tooth, or crown, created from this model, is then attached to the abutment.
There are many advantages to dental implants. Because they are surgically placed into your mouth, they are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. With that, dental implants cause absolutely no damage to the surrounding teeth. They also allow you to eat and speak without worrying about slipping dentures, or messing with pastes and glues. Lastly, the success rate for dental implants is highly predictable and considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.