Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted directly into the jaw bone in order to provide a strong foundation for a final restoration. This tooth replacement option is ideal for individuals who have lost their tooth due to periodontal disease, trauma, or extensive dental decay.
Types of Dental Implants
- Endosteal: These dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone, are one of the most common types of dental implants used. Endosteal implants are considered to be an effective alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
- Subperiosteal: Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are placed directly on top of the jaw bone. The metal framework’s posts which extend beyond the gum are designed to permanently retain the restoration. The best candidates for subperiosteal implants are those with inadequate bone height.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants is a patient that is in good general health as well as oral health. Candidates for dental implants should also have healthy gum tissue and be periodontal disease free. Patients must also have adequate bone density in order to successfully support the dental implant.
What Is a Dental Implant Procedure Like?
Dental implant procedure is a joint collaborative effort between dentists and periodontists. Proper healing for dental implants plays an integral role in the success of the restoration. Depending on the particular condition of patients and the type of dental implant selected, our periodontist will develop a custom treatment plan specifically for the patient’s needs.
What Can I Expect after Receiving a Dental Implant?
In order to prevent bleeding, gauze will be placed directly onto the surgical site. Medication may be prescribed to help manage any pain or discomfort. Depending on the type of dental implant placed, the surgical site may take approximately four to six months to heal. Once the dental implant has completely fused with natural jawbone, the final restoration can be placed.