Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium metal posts that surgically fuses to Bone, placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Through the natural process of osseointegration, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone cells of the jaw. This remarkable union forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

 

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Dental Implants Replace Tooth Roots

Because they become integrated into the bone itself, dental implants actually stop the bone loss that inevitably follows tooth loose. Implants won’t  loosen over time like dentures or fail like bridges; they look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Preserving bone structure helps preserve your appearance and your confidence.

Real Lifelike Appearance

Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, in both aesthetics and function. Plus, they provide a host of benefits that other tooth replacement systems just can’t match. The visible part (crown) is custom made to enhance your smile

Types Of Dental Implants

The kind of dental implant that will be used depends on the structure of the jawbone it will be inserted into. The three types of dental implants are:

  • Root form dental implants

This is the most common type of dental implant. Root form dental implants are recommended for those with deep and wide jawbones. When a patient has a short and narrow jawbone, he or she will need to undergo bone grafting before the root form dental implant is fitted. Root form dental implants are like screws shaped to look like the root of a tooth. They are inserted directly into the jawbone, beneath the gums. After the surgical procedure to fit the implant is completed and after the three to six month healing process, the implant is exposed and an abutment is affixed.

  • Plate form dental implants

When the jawbone is too short or too narrow for a root form dental implant, plate form dental implants are used. These implants are long and flat, and are placed directly on top of the jawbone, under the gums. Bone and tissue eventually grow around and affix this type of implant to the bone. Similar to the root form dental implant, the plate form implant is surgically attached. After the healing process, an abutment is affixed and then, later on, the replacement tooth or crown is fastened to the abutment.

  • Subperiosteal dental implants

These are recommended when the jawbone is too short or not wide enough for the first two types of implants. When there is not enough jawbone, an implant must be custom-made for the patient. This custom-made implant, when attached to the jawbone, increases its surface area and serves as an artificial jawbone itself.