Everyone loves to see a great smile. When your teeth don’t look the way they used to, it can be embarrassing. You can remedy that problem and get a great looking smile with dental implants. They look like your natural teeth and will restore your confidence.
An implant is a metal stem that is first secured into the jawbone. Once that has healed, a dental crown is put on top. The metal stem, which is made of titanium or a titanium alloy, is permanent. The crown matches the color of your other teeth so that it appears to be just like one of your own.
Different Types of Dental Implants
There are three types of dental implants available that dentists can use. The first type is called transosteal. It goes through the jawbone and the gums into your mouth. The second type is a subperiosteal implant. This one is a framework of metal, which sits on top of the jawbone but is under your gums.
The third type of implant is the endosseous implant, also called an endosteal implant. It is planted into your jawbone in the socket where the tooth was. It often has a screw that is screwed into the jawbone to secure it in place, and then a cap is placed on top.
How Implants Are Installed
The implant portion of your new tooth can be installed at the same time your teeth are pulled. The base is screwed into place (other types may also be used) in the jawbone, and then the gums are allowed to heal before the next step can take place.
It will take a few months for the jawbone to heal. During this time, the jawbone will grow around the implant, further securing it in place. The gums will also need to have healed. Once that has occurred, the cap will be secured on top of the implant.
The Best Candidates for Implants
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. In general, however, good candidates include patients who have one or more missing teeth and do not want dentures.
Advantages of Implants
The key advantage of implants is that they can be permanent. This replaces the worry of dentures that can slip when talking or eating. You can eat and talk with implants just as if they were your natural teeth. Implants can also be removable, too, but are just as secure when installed.