Dental implants are one of the greatest developments in dental treatments and technology. They allow dentists to replace missing teeth from the root up, something no other dental technology does. They’re effective, reliable, and long-lasting.
As can be expected, such a profoundly effective technology has been adapted for many applications. Many types of dental implant procedures exist, finding creative ways to use one or more implants to perform many tasks.
This article will be broken down in two: the different types of procedures for placing the implant, and the different ways implants are actually used.
Dental Implant Placement Methods
Traditionally, dental implants are inserted directly into the bone where a tooth root used to be. This is known as an “endosteal” implant. This is the type of dental implant procedure with which most people are familiar.
However, there is a second type of dental implant procedure recognized by the American Dental Association. This is known as a “subperiosteal implant”. Rather than inserting the implant directly into the bone, a metal frame is made which sits under the gum and fuses to the jaw. The implant is then attached to this frame, rather than the bone itself.
Dental Implant Procedures
Aside from the different methods of inserting the implants themselves, there are many ways implants are used to restore oral health and function.
Single Implant and Crown
The most complete way to restore a single missing tooth is through a single dental implant with a crown on top. The implant replaces the missing tooth root, and the crown replaces the missing, well, tooth crown. Together they provide all of the functionality and support of a natural tooth, in ways that other restorative methods simply can’t. The website for Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem basically describes the process as having several stages. The process begins with crown fabrication which includes dental impressions and the creation of the custom crown. Then the process continues with implant placement and then the recovery period in which the jawbone fuses with the implant to create a base for the new tooth. After healing, the abutment is placed and the restoration is attached. This helps you achieve your natural-looking smile.
To replace two or three adjacent teeth, dentists often use what’s known as a “bridge.”. It’s a combination of around 3 dental crowns fused together. The crowns at the end are placed on natural teeth, while the crown in the middle replaces a missing tooth. In a normal case, this missing tooth doesn’t get a replacement for its root.
A dental implant can be used to support a bridge instead of natural teeth. One or two implants can support a bridge of 2-4 teeth or so, allowing more teeth to be replaced without the need to damage otherwise healthy teeth.
One of the greatest developments in dental implants is “All-on-Four” whereby an entire arch of teeth can be supported by just 2-4 dental implants.
With this dental implant procedure, a patient who would need full dentures to replace all of their teeth can instead get those dentures anchored to implants. This prevents the dentures from slipping or falling out while providing all of the support for the dentures that would make them feel like natural teeth to the wearer.
Dental implants are an ideal way to replace one or more teeth, for those who are suitable candidates. Contact a professional in your area today to find out more and to learn how you can benefit from this amazing procedure.