A Guide to Dental Implants

A Guide to Dental Implants

July 1, 2021

If you’ve experienced partial or tooth loss, your dentist may recommend getting dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium screws that support dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. When inserted into the bone or under the gums, implants fuse with your tissues to become a part of you. As a result, they offer excellent stability and permanence that’s far superior to other restorations.

If you’re missing some of your teeth and are interested in dental implants services, please call Salem Dental Group to schedule a consultation with our dentist. Remember, teeth replacement is best undertaken soon after tooth loss. If not, you may experience the long-term effects of tooth loss, including bone atrophy, bite collapse, speech difficulties, and low self-confidence.

Types of Implants

Dental implants are broadly categorized as follows:

  • Endosteal implants. Endosteal implants are the most popular kind of implants. They consist of a screw that’s implanted into the jawbone to support dental restorations. To receive endosteal implants, you must have sufficient healthy bone to hold and fuse with the artificial tooth root. If not, you may have to undergo bone grafting to rebuild your bone volume.
  • Subperiosteal implants. Subperiosteal implants rest over the bone but under the gums. Instead of placing a screw into the bone, the dentist places a metal frame over the bone. The metal frame consists of one or more posts attached to it. The gum tissue then heals around the metal frame.
  • Zygomatic implants. These implants are reserved for rare cases. Unlike endosteal implants, which are placed in the jawbone, zygomatic implants are implanted into the cheekbone.

Implants Treatment Process

Dental implants services are personalized to fit the needs of the patient. As such, the treatment process may vary depending on the uniqueness of your requirements. For example, if you have loose teeth due to gum disease and require teeth replacement, the dentist begins by extracting these first.

To place a dental implant, the dentist administers anesthesia to ensure a safe and relaxed experience for the patient. Dental implant surgery is usually performed under deep sedation.

The dentist then makes an incision in your gums to reach the bone. Using a dental drill, the dentist makes holes in your jawbone and then places the implants into these holes. Finally, the dentist sutures the incision in your gums.

Healing after dental implant surgery typically lasts several months. During this period, the implants fuse with your bone tissue, a process known as osseointegration.

After complete osseointegration, the dentist performs a second less invasive surgery during which they place the abutment or connector posts. Some implant systems don’t require this step. Finally, the dentist completes your smile transformation journey by capping the implant with a crown, denture, or dental bridge.

Life with Tooth Implants

Tooth implants become an integral part of you and require the same care you give your natural teeth. Here’s what you must remember after you undergo dental treatment:

  • Keep your natural and replacement teeth clean at all times.
  • Avoid habits that would harm your natural teeth, as these can damage your implants too. For example, don’t use your new teeth to tear into packages and other non-food items.
  • Schedule dental exams and cleanings at Salem Dental Group to keep an eye on your oral health.

While tooth implants last a lifetime, the restorations they support may require replacing if they become worn out. Generally, crowns have a lifespan of between 15 to 20 years.

Immediate Load Implants, Mini Implants, All-On-4 Treatment

As their name suggests, immediate load implants allow for the placement of temporary teeth immediately after implant surgery. If the gaps in your teeth are easily noticeable, immediate load implants can alleviate some of your self-consciousness.

Mini implants are smaller than conventional implants. Mini implants are usually preferred for stabilizing a lower dental arch or denture.

All-On-4 treatment is an innovative technique that uses four tooth implants to support an entire dental arch. If you’ve lost all your teeth, All-On-4 treatment allows you to complete teeth replacement faster.

Benefits of Implants

Significant advantages of implants include:

  • They are exactly like natural teeth.
  • They stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss.
  • Implants offer excellent stability and support.
  • Implants are permanent.
  • Implants restore chewing ability.
  • Implants boost self-confidence.

Claim Your New Smile

Are you ready to renew your smile after tooth loss? Please call Salem Dental Group to enjoy patient-tailored dental treatment services.

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