Dental implants are a permanent and effective solution for people missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a titanium root substitute placed under the gums to anchor a single tooth, a bridge or full or partial dentures. Implants appear lifelike and function like natural teeth.
When used to replace a single tooth, the implant is topped with an abutment that allows for the attachment of a crown. Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal known for its ability to “osseointegrate,” the process by which bone fuses naturally to the implant to create a permanent, stable support for the new tooth.
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you experience difficulty with daily function of teeth, are self-conscious about missing or damaged teeth or wear dentures. Implants are a solution to tooth loss as a result of:
- Tooth decay
- Repair a fracture
- Root canal failure
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
- Excessive wear and tear
- Congenital defects
- Injury or trauma
Your dentist, working closely with the oral surgeon, will select the dental implant procedure that best meets your needs.
- Root-form titanium implants (endosteal implants) are similar in appearance to a screw and are placed directly in the bone. Root-form implants are available in varying widths and heights and are the most common type of implant.
- Sub-periosteal implants are used in patients lacking jawbone and are placed on top of the jawbone underneath the gum tissue.
- Plate-form implants (blade form implants) use thin plates as anchors rather than posts and are suitable for patients with narrow bone width. The artificial tooth or teeth are affixed in a way similar to root-form implants.
- Ramus-frame implants are only used to secure bridges or dentures for patients with severe atrophy of the bone. Ramus frame implants are surgically implanted in the back of the mouth and secure a thin metal bar that holds a bridge or full or partial dentures in place. Additional surgery is usually required to rebuild and reinforce the jaw bone.
- Teeth in an Hour™ by Nobel Biocare® is a special implant procedure that allows patients to receive implants in one visit. CT scans are used to design the prosthesis before the appointment. During the procedure, computer software helps guide the implant into the bone without making an incision. Teeth in an Hour™ shortens recovery time and provides immediate results.
- Permanent crowns are usually constructed in a dental laboratory, however, temporary crowns made from acrylic, stainless steal or resin can be made in a dentist’s office and used until the permanent crown is available.
- Restores teeth function
- Won’t move around when talking
- Does not need to be taken out at night
- Solid enough to eat any food
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Results noticeable to others
- Long-lasting results
- Bone recession stopped
- Can be used to “lock-in” dentures