What You Should Know About Dental Implants

Dental Implant

One of the most highly ranked features in today’s society is a great smile! How many of us had braces when we were younger, made countless visits to our dentist, brush and floss everyday, watch what we eat but still find ourselves needing some extra dental work? If you have a missing tooth or teeth that are misaligned, you have probably considered booking an appointment with your dentist to discuss options such as a crown, bridge or an implant to keep the alignment of your teeth in check and get that great smile! If this sounds like you,  you’ve come to the right place!

Just like traditional crowns and bridges, cosmetic dentists often use dental implants to replace missing teeth and create or maintain a gorgeous smile! To better understand exactly what dental implants are, let’s take a closer look:

A dental implant is a cylindrical post that is usually made out of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone so it can fuse with your jawbone and become a secure anchor for your tooth replacement. A connector is placed on top of the titanium post to connect the post to a crown, or replacement tooth. The crown will be above the gum, and will be shaded to match your natural tooth color.

Types of Dental Implants

The main two types of dental implants are Endosteal implants and Subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal:

Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant and are placed in the jawbone. These are surgically implanted into the jawbone and the surrounding bone then heals around it, causing it to be very securely attached into the bone. This process involves a two-stage procedure. During installation, dental professionals will often administer anesthetic then cut down then expose a small area of the affected jawbone. The titanium posts are then placed directly into the jawbone. This is done to make sure that the implant sits perfectly in place and will be securely anchored there.

This type of implant requires a two-step process. The post has to be placed into the jawbone, then gums stitched up over the post so it will heal. The second step after the initial healing is the gums are gently moved back from the implant to allow placement of the crown.

Subperiosteal:

Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone and sit above the jawbone, instead of being placed in the jawbone. In this method, the metal portion that is designed to sit beneath the gum line is flat and long. This design language allows the new tooth being fixed to sit perfectly beside one’s jaw line.

The advantages of this type of implant are that they are completed with a single stage procedure and they can be used for people who have shallow jawbones.

In cases where there is very little or no jawbone to fuse with the post, dentists will often opt for the subperiosteal type of implants. If this type of implant is chosen, there are two distinct ways that a dentist can use to install this implant. The first one – and the most common one – calls for a CAT scan. The scan often results in a special computer being used to process the data. A dual surgery can also be done to open up the gums and make a special impression (3-D style) of the remaining bone.

Your dental professional will help you choose the correct type of implant that will match your dental footprint. Both types have similar success rates so be sure to discuss which type would be best for you. Whichever way, the end goal of such an implant is to fuse the metal with the adjacent bone and thus, in turn, eliminate the need of filling the gap with bridges and crowns.

Root Form Styles:

Far from the above two types of implants, root form dental implants are accessories that are often shaped similar to one’s original teeth. The implants are held into place with a screw like form that is in turn attached to the bone. Consequently, root form style implants are therefore best for good bone structures that are deep and wide.

Regardless of what type of dental implants you choose, the first step is to find a qualified, top-notch dental professional such as Dr. Halina Montano to perform this procedure. If you are considering dental implants, call the office of HSM Dental Group at 561-232-2070 to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!