Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. An implant procedure is a surgical procedure that replaces failing or missing teeth for the long term. This teeth replacement solution restores the function and appearance of your teeth. Dental implants work by placing a titanium post into the jawbone under the tooth gap, which fuses with the bone over some time. The dental implant functions like tooth roots of the missing tooth, and a bridge or a replacement tooth is fixed onto it. The artificial tooth is held firmly in place to function and appear as a natural tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
- Endosteal implants
These types of implants are fixed when the patient has a healthy jawbone for a post to fuse to. Endosteal implants which resemble small screws are surgically inserted into the jawbone to anchor the replacement tooth or teeth. The titanium post takes time to fuse together with the jawbone and heal completely. After healing, the false teeth are fitted onto the post to close the gap.
- Subperiosteal implants
They are implants used where the jawbone is not enough to support an endosteal implant and are inserted under the gum above or on the jawbone. Your dental practitioner will place a metal frame under your gum on the missing tooth with a titanium post attached to it. The false teeth are secured into place when the gum heals around the metal frame.
Same-Day Dental Implants
Dentists who offer same-day dental implants use advanced and innovative techniques to place and load the implants. This treatment is suitable for people who do not like being without their teeth at any time. The implants use existing and surrounding teeth to anchor the replacement teeth. For this treatment to be successful, the implants are placed in a way that makes it impossible for them to move throughout the healing process, as even slight movements could make the process fail.
Two Main Types of Dental Implant Procedures
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
Only a single tooth is replaced in this procedure. It requires a titanium post to be fitted into the bone of the missing tooth to act as the tooth’s roots. A fake tooth made of porcelain that looks and functions like your former natural tooth is constructed and fixed onto the post.
- Full-Arch Dental Implants
A patient may have lost all their teeth because of tooth decay or periodontal disease of the lower or upper arch or both. A full-arch dental procedure replaces all your missing teeth using a minimal number of implants. Full mouth dental implants make use of a technique known as All-On-4, where four implants are used to replace all teeth in a single arch. Once the implants are strategically placed, a thin denture prosthesis is permanently screwed into place. This procedure fixes the patient with artificial teeth that feel, look and function similar to natural teeth.
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants at Albion Dental
- Dental implants are durable, especially when good oral care is observed both at home and by the dentist.
- They are convenient since you do not remove them to eat or clean or use messy dental adhesives to keep them in place.
- Dental implants improve your physical appearance since they function, look and feel like your natural teeth.
- Speech is improved significantly because the patient is not worried about slipping dentures as the implants are fixed in place.
- Implants allow easier access between the teeth.
- Other teeth in your mouth are not affected during treatment. During a dental implant procedure, the surrounding teeth are not altered similarly to tooth-supported bridges.
- You can eat your favorite foods confidently since the implants function like natural teeth.
Taking Care of Dental Implants
After a dental implant, your dentist gives advice on how to properly take care of the implant at home for maximum benefits. You will be required to maintain good oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. Routine follow-up visits to the dentist will be scheduled so that any calcified deposits on the implant are removed before an infection sets in. Dental implants must be taken care of so that the patient does not develop an inflammation of the gum around the implant.