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What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

A missing tooth or set of teeth can impact a patient’s bite, cause oral health issues and even cause their jawbone to deteriorate over time. Because of this, it’s extremely important for a patient to have that missing tooth or set of teeth replaced. When it comes to replacement options, an extremely effective and long-lasting option is dental implants.

What Dental Implants Are

Dental implants are dental appliances that involve the placement of a titanium rod or frame that holds one or more false teeth in place. This allows the patient to bite, chew and speak, while protecting the health of their teeth, gums and jawbone.

The Implant Process

There are different types of implants with different implant processes. Below are two of the most common implants, and their processes:

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are what are often considered “traditional” implants. These implants start with the placement of a titanium rod in the jawbone of the patient. The bone is then allowed to heal and fuse with the implant. The dentist then opens the gums and places an abutment. Finally, the replacement tooth is placed.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants involve the placement of a metal frame in the jawbone instead of a titanium rod or series of rods. This frame is placed below the gum tissue, and is fitted on the jawbone. The gums are given time to heal, and once they do, implants are placed on the posts in the frame.

Benefits of Implants

While the process of placement is different for the two types of implants above, the benefits are very similar. Generally, implants are very long-lasting replacement options. Because of this, they are a less expensive option in the long-run than other replacement options.

Outside of costs, dental implants are also extremely durable and strong. Because of this, patients are able to bite, chew and speak much like they did before the implant was placed. Finally, implants help to ensure the oral health of patients. If a tooth or teeth are not replaced, the jawbone of the patient will deteriorate over time. The surrounding, healthy teeth will also begin to migrate. When this happens, they may crowd or impact other teeth. This crowding and migration also makes proper oral care much more difficult.

Because of all of these reasons and more, it is extremely important to replace a missing tooth or set of teeth. Dental implants are an excellent option that can last for over a decade (if they are properly cared for).

Speak with Your Dentist

While you may want an implant placed, it may not be an option for you. Because dental implants involve the placement of a rod or frame in the jawbone, the bone tissue needs to be strong enough to support the implant. If it is not, an implant may not be feasible. Set an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to see if an implant is possible, and if so, which type of implant is right for your needs.

If you're curious about whether Dental Implants are right for you, learn more specifically about our dental implant process at Downtown Dental Excellence today. We're available and ready to answer any and all questions about dental implants and optimal oral health.

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