A dental implant is a prosthetic made from titanium that is used to replace the roots of a missing tooth. Dental implants are shaped like a cylinder and somewhat resemble a screw because they have a ridged texture. A dental implant is embedded into the jawbone so that a process called “osseointegration” can occur. Osseointegration means that the bone surrounding an implant will fuse around it to hold it in place, similarly to how bone holds the roots of teeth in place. A single dental implant can hold a restoration like a crown while a series of dental implants can hold a full arch of teeth (a denture).
Candidates for dental implants normally have adequate bone density, decent oral health, and no signs of periodontal disease. Some patients who have lost bone mass may require bone grafts so that dental implants have enough support. Other patients may require periodontal therapy as well before receiving a dental implant.
Determining whether a person is a candidate for implant dentistry is a careful process that involves closely reviewing a person’s health history and their current state of oral health. The only way to be certain if dental implants meet your tooth replacement needs is to schedule a consultation. At your consultation, a physical examination is performed and information about your health history is gathered. Consultations are a wonderful opportunity for patients to ask questions or voice concerns.
Bone loss commonly accompanies tooth loss. The roots of our teeth keep the jaw stimulated and active. When teeth are missing, their roots are no longer able to stimulate bone. Unstimulated bone is often lost due to atrophy. The body commonly resorbs bone that is inactive. Other tooth replacement methods only replace the visible structures of teeth and lay on top of the gums. Dental implants, however, are loaded into and secured by the jawbone. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, implants will stimulate the jaw the way that natural teeth do to minimize bone atrophy.
The price of receiving dental implants can vary from person to person. This is because every implantation case is different due to patients’ unique needs and circumstances. Receiving dental implants involves more than just placing the implant in the jaw. Patients require checkups after their initial procedures to ensure that the implant is stabilizing, which is a process that takes some time. Moreover, some people require preliminary treatments like tooth extractions and tissue grafts prior to receiving their implant. Since so many factors can affect the cost of dental implants, it is recommended to speak with our staff about estimates after one’s consultation. Our team can determine estimates based on our dentist’s customized recommendations. mulas that won’t harm tooth enamel or permanently increase tooth sensitivity.