Dental implants are metal posts that act as roots, which are fused to your jawbone under the gums, giving dentists the ability to place replace teeth in the mouth. Because the post is in the jawbone, teeth cannot move or fall into the mouth. Implants can be a better choice over bridges because they don’t have to be secured by neighboring teeth. Furthermore, implants give you the ability to floss, which improves long term oral health. Implants are used to support dentures giving more stability and comfort to the edentulous patient.
There are 2 main types of implants that were approved by the FDA, endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal are implants that are surgically implanted by our dentist. When the tissue has healed from the implant, a post is attached to the original implant. Then an artificial tooth (teeth) is attached to the post. A subperiosteal implant is a metal frame that is fitted on the jawbone bellow the gum tissue. The frame will eventually become fuse with the jawbone, and posts will be attached to the frame. The teeth (tooth) will then be mounted onto the posts.
To get implants you must have good hygiene and healthy gums with no signs of periodontal disease. Your dentist will check if you have any medical problem that may conflict with your treatment. Before receiving any type of implant your dentist will evaluate area for bone levels and specials scan may be necessary to see if the area could be treated. Once you receive an implant you must keep it healthy. Your dentist might require a follow up periodically to check the success of this implant.