Dental Implants – Types and Benefits

Dental implants can be a blessing for people who have loose, poorly installed, broken or missing teeth. Dental implants are commonly used to remove a missing tooth, dentures or even an entire line of missing teeth.You may find more details about this at Arthur Glosman DDS.

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks like your natural tooth, and sounds like it. As well as giving you a beautiful smile, the replacement teeth also help you to better chew food and significantly improve your quality of life.

A Snapshot

To help an artificial tooth, a dental implant is a synthetic tooth root that is inserted into the jaw bone. For a group of teeth, two or more implants may serve as restore.

This artificial titanium root implant is surgically inserted in the jawbone where there is missing one tooth or a set of teeth. It then positions a natural-looking false tooth or a set of false teeth (crowns) over the inserted base. The titanium root serves as a replacement tooth anchor and provides secure support for a variety of dental restorations, including crowns , bridges, and dentures.

The Implantation of Teeth

Dental implants, commonly considered as a form of cosmetic dentistry, are divided into 3 basic forms-Endosteal Implant, Plate Shape Implant and Subperiosteal Implant.

Endosteal Dental Implant: This cylindrical or screw type implant is often called ‘Root Form’ and is shaped like the root of a tooth and inserted into the jaw to provide a foundation for one, multiple or a full arch of artificial teeth. This method of tooth implantation is only used in cases where jawbone width and depth is plentiful. The root shape implants look like the original tooth, and are the most widely used dental implants of all forms. For Endosteal implant, the recovery period can take 3 to 6 months.

Plate Type Implant: These are typically used for bone grafting when the jawbone is too short. This form of implant is shaped flat and long, so it can fit into the narrow jawbone. A dental surgeon holds the plate carefully in place during implantation, and covers the gums with several stitches. The crown is attached to the implant when cure is complete. Plate form implant, including Root Form, can also take up to 6 months to heal.

Subperiosteal Implant: This type of implant may be recommended if the Root Form or Plate Form implants don’t have enough bone width or height. It is a custom implant to rest on top of the jawbone just below the gums.

It is possible to place the Subperiosteal implant on the bone in ways: single surgery and dual surgery.

A CAT scan of the jawbone is taken for the “single surgery” process. A model of the jawbone is developed using the CAT scan details and the state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques. A dental laboratory uses this computerised model to build the custom-fit subperiosteal implant. A dentist then puts the implant on the bone, surgically. The gums are then covered with multiple stitches, and the implant is applied to the artificial teeth.

In the “dual surgery” approach the dentist uses special tools to slash through the gums to get an image of the bone. Then the gum is put on. This model will then be introduced to the dental laboratory where the dental implant is designed to match the jaw. The next procedure is then done where the dentist is cut again opening the gums and inserting the implant. With multiple stitches the gums are closed once again.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look like your natural teeth and function as they do.

These are a natural cure for tooth loss, and are long lasting.

Even implants can avoid loss of bone in the jaw.

Implanted teeth, unlike poorly fitting dentures, allow you to talk and smile with full confidence, without worrying that your teeth may slip inside your mouth.

Dental implants require fast and comfortable chewing of all types of food.