What are the benefits of dental implants?Although a dental implant can be a lengthy process, it provides the most durable and natural replacement for a lost tooth.Some of the advantages of tooth implants include the following:
- Implants have a natural appearance and feel, so patients don’t worry about others noticing any difference.
- The implant does not affect the teeth around it, unlike bridges which weigh down adjacent teeth.
- Implants have an excellent success rate, working in around 98 percent of cases.
- Implants boost a patient’s self-confidence.
Who can benefit from dental implants?Those who have lost a tooth after an accident or extraction may be a candidate if they have strong tissue and bones to support the implant. Implants can be an ideal solution for those looking to replace a bridge or dentures. If patients have enough bone in the jaw to support the implant, healthy gum tissue, and have completed bone growth, they are perfect candidates for dental implants.
What is the dental implants process?In most cases, the implant is inserted under local anesthesia and the pain is considered minimal. First, the implant without tooth is fused into the socket of the missing tooth using a small screw. Then the gum tissue is replaced over the screw and a protective cover is placed to allow healing and the implant to anchor to the jawbone.After a few weeks, the connector post and crown are attached to the implant. The dentist makes impressions for the teeth, a mold of the bite, and then a temporary crown is attached to the abutment. After the gum has grown and shaped itself, a permanent crown replaces the temporary one. The process varies from patient to patient. A consultation with the dentist can help you better understand how it will work for you.
What types of dental implants are available?The implant portion is normally crafted from titanium, allowing it to fuse perfectly with the bone. The three types of dental implants include the following:
- Root Form Implant: With this type of implant the oral surgeon shapes the screw like the root of the tooth. This type is used in cases where the jawbone is wide enough to support the implants.
- Plate Form Implant: When the jawbone cannot support the root form, a plate form implant is first attached to the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal Implant: If there is not enough bone width or height for root form or plate form, the subperiosteal implant is recommended.