Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gums. These artificial roots provide a secure base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. There are two types of dental implants:
Endosteal implants are surgically positioned in the jawbone. They integrate with the bone and become a part of it. A second surgery is performed to attach the abutment to the implant. The abutment connects the implant to a crown or bridge.
Subperiosteal implants connect a metal frame to the jawbone below the gum tissue. Over time, the frame becomes permanently secured to the jawbone. Titanium posts are attached to the metal frame and protrude through the gums. They are then connected to a crown or bridge.
How are dental implants placed?
The procedure begins with a comprehensive oral examination during which the dentist assesses your oral and overall health by looking into your past medical records. Digital X rays and 3 D imaging are used to determine your eligibility to receive dental implants. Patients with healthy gums and jawbone are eligible to receive dental implants. You should have enough jaw bone to support the dental implant. If the jawbone has recessed and is not dense enough to support the dental implant, your dentist will perform bone grafting to improve the density of the bone.
Then, an incision is made in the gums and a dental implant is positioned in the bone socket of the missing tooth. The gum is then secured with stitches. The surgical site is allowed to heal for 4-6 months. During this time, the dental implant integrates with the jawbone and becomes an integral part of it.
Next, an abutment is attached to the dental implant. An abutment is a small connector that connects the implant to a dental restoration like a crown or bridge. Finally, ]a custom-made crown or bridge is connected to the abutment to restore the full functionality of the missing tooth. Dental implants provide the most reliable and durable treatment for missing teeth. If properly cared for, they last a lifetime.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants provide the best solution for replacing missing teeth. Some of the benefits have been listed below:
- Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They improve the appearance of your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.
- Gaps between teeth and ill-fitting dentures impair speech and cause a constant lisp or slur. Dental implants fill in the gaps and also stand sturdy in their place. This improves speech and also your confidence.
- Dental implants are made from titanium, which is biocompatible and on fusing with the jawbone becomes an integral part of your body. As a result, the implants feel extremely natural and comfortable.
- Ill-fitting dental restorations make chewing difficult by slipping out while chewing or biting. Such problems are not encountered with dentures and you can enjoy your favorite foods with enhanced confidence and ease.
- Dental implants' installation does not require the adjacent teeth to be filed down or reduced. This improves long-term oral health.
- Dental implants are easy to care for and maintain. If cared for diligently, they last a lifetime.
At Auburn Dental Center, we use the latest technology like digital X rays and 3 D imaging to provide top-notch dental solutions to our patients. We aim to provide safe, comfortable, and painless procedures that suit one's dental needs. For further queries, book an appointment with us at (661) 327-2189 or visit us at 5603 Auburn Street Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93306.
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