If you are looking to restore your smile, dental implants may be the right option for you. Implants will blend in with your natural teeth, while replacing the missing teeth. You may be considered a good candidate for an implant procedure if you:
- Have missing or severely damaged teeth
- Suffer from chronic dental problems
- Were injured
- Wear uncomfortable dentures.
Implants are made up of materials that are highly compatible with human body (such as titanium). Endosteal and subperiosteal are two main types of dental implants. What exactly are they? Read on to find out.
Endosteal dental implants
These are called “in the bone” implants because screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into your jawbone. Every single implant can hold one or more artificial teeth. They are the most commonly used implants, especially recommended for patients with removable dentures or dental bridges.
Subperiosteal dental implants
These are also known as “on the bone” implants since they are installed on top of the jaw. The prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is held by a metal framework that protrudes from the gum. Subperiosteal implants are recommended for patients who are unable to wear dentures or suffer from significant bone loss.
Placing a dental implant
The procedure of installing a dental implant is a complex one and involves some cooperation between you and your doctors. During a consultation, your dentist and your periodontist will explain where and how the implant will be placed. They will also share with you an individualized treatment plan.
Main steps of the procedure are as follows:
- First, the implant will be surgically inserted into your jawbone.
- Then osseointegration begins. It is a healing process, during which the implant (which is made of titanium) combines with the bone. What makes the implant durable and stable is the bone that grows around the implant and holds it in place. During the healing process a special diet consisting of soft foods and soups may be recommended. Bone-implant integration is time-consuming and requires patience. In some instances, the replacement teeth will not be put in until osseointegration is complete. Sometimes, though, implants and replacement teeth are attached during one visit.
- Lastly, replacement (artificial) teeth are placed in your mouth. If only one tooth is needed, a dental crown will be prepared. If more teeth need to be placed, then a dental bridge or multiple crowns will be necessary. In both instances, all restorative treatments will be customized to match your natural teeth color, comfortably fit in your mouth and attach to implants. Please note that permanent crowns and bridges are prepared in dental labs and take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may install a temporary crown or bridge.
Before the procedure is scheduled, your dentist may require you to get a formal medical evaluation from your physician.
Parts of dental implants
Dental implants can be divided into three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
The implant is an artificial root of your new tooth. It is essentially a titanium screw that is surgically attached to your jawbone.
The abutment permanently connects and supports the new tooth. It can be removed by your dentist.
The crown is the durable, visible part of the new prosthetic tooth. Its color is chosen to match your natural teeth.
If you are considering dental implants, contact our office for more information. Our team of experts will ask you about general health, examine your smile, make suggestions, and explain the whole process.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants Anderson, Indiana [IN] (Special Offers)
Is there a limit to the number of dental implants I can have?
In short, the answer is no. Implants can replate a single tooth, a lower or upper arch or even a whole set of teeth. If a full arch is being replaced, the oral surgeon will use four implants and attach the artificial teeth to them.
Are dental implants beneficial?
Yes, dental implants can be very beneficial. In fact, they are becoming the most popular treatment option for tooth replacement. They are strong and durable, since they fuse with your bone. They provide good support for your artificial teeth and make it easier to eat. There is no movement or slippage with implants (unlike dentures). Moreover, there is no need to repair them on a regular basis.
Can I get dental implants?
Patients who are in good general health and have a healthy gum tissue are good candidates for dental implants. Implants require osseointegration, therefore there needs to be a sufficient amount of bone present in your jaw (no periodontal disease).
If you are suffering from a chronic illness, such as diabetes or leukemia, dental implants may not be the best option for you, since your condition can interfere with the healing process.
The use of tobacco also slows down osseointegration.
I’ve undergone the procedure. What happens next?
After the dental implant procedure and the healing process are complete, it is time for a care plan and follow up appointments. Your team of doctors will share with you the plan they have devised for you. They will also examine your gums and teeth to ensure they are healthy.
You should treat your implants just as you would your natural teeth. Taking good care of them is crucial. Brush and floss every day and visit your dentist regularly. Keep any buildup and plaque away.
How much are dental implants?
Dental implants can be costly; however, they are an investment in your oral health. The total cost depends on many factors, such as the number of implants needed. A single implant (not including the procedure) costs between $1500 to $2000. Add to that the costs of a crown or a bridge, the abutment, root extraction, office visits, pre-op and post-op care, and your total cost for one implant is between $3,000 – $4,800.