Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots to provide support for the replacement teeth. Once the implants are placed into the bone, they can support a variety of restoration options including crowns and bridges. Although dental implant surgery is more involved than getting a bridge or crown, it offers several benefits over these options. For example, implant supported restorations don’t slip like traditional dentures do, and they are more comfortable because they are supported by the jawbone just like natural teeth. Since they act like natural teeth, they also help to preserve the jawbone and prevent premature facial aging from occurring.
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Your dentist will be able to examine your teeth and help you determine the type of dental implant that you need for replacing your missing teeth. However, generally speaking, there are two main types of implants. They are endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone and anchored there; while subperiosteal implants are placed on the top of the jaw, under the gums. Here is a brief description of both types:
- Endosteal Implants: These are the most common types of dental implants. They consist of three parts: the screw or cylinder-shaped implant that’s inserted into the jawbone, an abutment that attaches to the screw, and the prosthetic tooth that replaces the missing tooth. Once the oral surgeon inserts the implant into your jawbone, it will need about six months to heal and integrate with your surrounding bone tissue for a strong hold. After the implant has healed, your dentist will attach a permanent restoration to the abutment. There are several types of endosteal implants, including traditional, mini, and micro. The type that you choose will depend on the condition of your jawbone and teeth as well as your cosmetic goals. Traditional endosteal implants are typically the strongest and most durable; however, they may require a longer recovery period. Mini and micro implants are less-invasive options that require less recovery time. They are also ideal for patients who do not have enough bone mass in their upper jaw to support a larger implant.
- Subperiosteal Implants: This type of implant is less common than endosteal implants and is typically reserved for patients who cannot receive traditional implants due to insufficient jawbone density. It can also be effective in patients with a shallow jawbone who cannot wear conventional dentures because this type of implant provides added stability. With this procedure, an oral surgeon will place a thin metal
Dental implants are versatile and can be used for a number of tooth replacement needs. In a single procedure, our dentists can replace one missing tooth or a row of teeth. They can also be used to secure a fixed bridge or denture.
More benefits of dental implants include:
- A natural look that is indistinguishable from your real teeth. An implant post is made of titanium metal that fuses with your jawbone over time and becomes part of your jaw itself. Additionally, the implant crown will be custom-designed to blend in with the rest of your smile.
- You can eat the foods you love with confidence. With traditional dentures, most people have to avoid sticky foods like gum and caramel candy. But you can chew on granola and nuts with dental implants because they are rooted in place.
- Improved speech. It can be difficult to pronounce certain words when you have missing teeth. You may find yourself saying “w” sounds as if you’re trying to say “v.” But with dental implants, you won’t have to worry about slurring your words again.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Martin today to find out more about how dental implants can help you regain a complete and vibrant smile!__________________________________________________________________________————-Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. –Confucius**********************************Our dentist office in Metairie, LA also provides services to Houma, New Orleans, Kenner, Destrehan, LaPlace, Gretna, Marrero, Westwego, Harvey, Belle Chasse, Boutte, and Norco.Telephone number: 504-831-7979Fax number:
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