Dental implants are a great way for people to permanently replace their missing teeth. Implants restore your teeth and smile to a perfectly natural looking and naturally functioning state.
Dental implants are also known as endosseous fixtures. Implant dentistry aims to replace the entire structure of a lost tooth from the root to the crown. An implant is basically a small screw-like fixture made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone and acts as an artificial tooth root, which can be covered using a variety of prosthetic appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
Once the implants have been surgically placed in the jawbone, the posts fuse to the natural bone tissue through a process known as Osseo-integration and ultimately become a part of your oral anatomy, thereby offering the same stability and security as natural tooth roots. Custom-crafted replacement teeth are then attached to the implants via abutments.
You may be an ideal candidate for implant surgery if you:
- Have sufficient jaw bone density
- Are free from decay and gum disease periodontal disease
- Are willing to give up smoking until the implants have healed and fused your jawbone
- Have good oral and overall health
- Are willing to maintain a proper oral care regimen and healthy oral habits after the procedure
We offer the following types of dental implants at our practice:
- Endosteal implants: these are the most commonly used types of implants and are shaped like plates, screws or cylinders. They are placed in the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal implants: These are used for patients who have a shallow jawbone and are not willing to undergo a bone grafting procedure. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone.
- All-on-4: The All-on-4 involves the placement of 4 titanium implants to support a denture for increased stability and comfort. Implant-retained dentures are fixed, or non-removable, but they can be made removable.
For more information, please call our practice at (954) 526-1927.