Dental implants are a common solution for replacing missing teeth. They look natural, are convenient and are non-invasive. They can also improve your health, appearance and self-confidence by restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.
Implants replace a missing tooth or teeth, and are attached to titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They are more stable than bridges and dentures, which tend to shift or move around during eating and speaking.
The implant’s body fuses with the bone to form an artificial root that supports the replacement tooth or teeth. It also helps preserve the jaw bone and reduces bone deterioration that may cause facial deformities or increase a person’s risk of heart disease and diabetes.
There are a variety of types of dental implants, depending on your situation. The dentist will help you select the right one for your needs and budget.
Single-Stage Procedures: A single-stage implant procedure involves surgically placing a longer implant into the mouth so it is level with the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then closed (stitched) and the implant’s healing cap remains visible. After several months of healing, the abutment and temporary restoration can be attached without having to expose the head of the implant.
Subperiosteal Implants: In cases where a patient’s jawbone is too thin or too low to support an endosteal implant, the oral surgeon may recommend a subperiosteal implant. These implants are placed on top of the jaw with metal framework’s posts that protrude through the gum.
These implants can also be used to secure a removable denture. They are usually a good choice for patients who don’t want to undergo bone grafting before the implants are placed.
The implants are made of a metal material that will bond with the jaw bone over time through a process called osseointegration. In addition, the materials can be colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
They can be used to replace a single tooth or a full arch of teeth. The doctor will create a model of your bite to determine what type of replacement teeth are best for you and will provide you with a custom-fitted dental implant.
Once the implant has healed, the dentist will place a replacement tooth or teeth on the abutment and restore your smile. They are available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes to suit your unique needs.
An important factor in the success of dental implants is proper care. Proper brushing and flossing will help ensure that the implants remain healthy for a lifetime.
Your dental provider will teach you how to take care of your new implants and help you with any special cleaning routines that will help your implant stay healthy. They may also offer suggestions for maintenance products that you can use to keep your implants looking great.
You will need to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. It’s important to let your dental provider know if you have any questions or concerns about your implants.