What is a dental implant?
We custom design dental implants for each patient. The dentist surgically places these in or on the jawbone to serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. The implant replaces the tooth roots and provides a strong mounting point for the new man-made tooth. To avoid chemical interactions with mouth tissue, food or beverages, the manufacturer fabricates the tooth implants from non-reactive material (usually titanium).
Why do you need a dental implant?
We recommend implant dentistry in cases where tooth repair is not advisable. Sometimes patients have teeth that are too broken, chipped or cracked to provide a sound base for a crown or dental veneer application. In those cases, the dentist can remove these and install dental implants and replacement teeth. Implants offer several advantages over conventional dentures (false teeth). For this reason, they provide more durability and easier maintenance. And there’s no slipping to cause problems eating or speaking.
Types of dental implants:
The American Dental Association approves two types of tooth implant – Endosteal and Subperiosteal.
Dental surgeons place Endosteal implants directly into the jawbone. After the gums heal from the surgery, the surgeon attaches metal posts to the dental implants. Then the dentist attaches the artificial teeth to the posts. This system provides the strongest connection between the jawbone and the replacement tooth.
In contrast, a Subperiosteal implant places a metal framework on the jawbone but does not penetrate the bone. The framework incorporates metal posts, and replacement teeth are attached to these posts. The combination of the jawbone and gums hold the implant in place. We recommend Subperiosteal implantation in cases where the patient does not have enough bone remaining for an Endosteal implant.