Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth because they help preserve facial structure. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by our skilled dentist at Karen J Harris & Associates. Teeth provide essential support to your jawbone. When teeth are missing, the jawbone can begin to weaken and even shrink. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone by providing it with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that fuse with the jawbone to create a sturdy base for artificial teeth. The implant is made of titanium, which is a strong, biocompatible material most similar to the natural structure of teeth.
The implant is placed in the jawbone. During the healing process, the jawbone will form around and fuse with the implant, stabilizing it. When the implant has completely fused with the jawbone, an abutment can be placed on the implant. The abutment is the connector piece between the actual dental implant and the artificial tooth. An artificial tooth is then affixed to the abutment to complete the dental implant.
Types of Dental Implants
- Endosteal Implants
Endosteal implants are placed in the jawbone. The posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, and then the artificial teeth are attached.
Endosteal implants have the longest lifespan, making them a popular option for many dentists and patients. They can last for decades with a relatively simple treatment plan.
- Subperiosteal Implants
Subperiosteal implants are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. A base that protrudes from the gum line is attached to the top of the implant. Subperiosteal implants are used for patients who have low bone density because the implant is implanted into the bone. Many patients prefer subperiosteal implants because they feel more like natural teeth than other types of implants.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The treatment begins with an examination and imaging to determine if the patient is a good candidate for dental implants. If the dentist determines that the patient is a good candidate, they will schedule another appointment to place the implant.
The dentist will place the implant into the jawbone with a minor surgical procedure. Once the implant is in place, it will need to heal and integrate with the bone. This requires several months of healing before the dentist can place the crown or other restoration.
Dental Implant Restoration At Karen J Harris & Associates
At Karen J Harris & Associates, our dentist performs dental implant restoration to help patients with one or more missing teeth have a fuller smile. A dental implant restoration procedure involves creating and placing an artificial tooth or a dental crown instead of a missing one to restore oral functionality and aesthetics. The implant restoration procedure involves securing an artificial tooth to an implanted root.
We offer screw-retained implant restorations where the implant connection and implant restoration work as a single unit. One of the major advantages of screw-retained implant crowns is that they reduce the risk of peri-implantitis. Besides, in situations where the implant crown needs to be repaired or replaced, screw-retained implant restorations are easier to retrieve.
Many people who suffer from tooth loss but do not want to wear dentures and are looking for a durable teeth replacement can benefit from dental implant restoration. The advantages of dental implant restoration over alternatives like dentures are numerous.
- An implant restoration is permanent and durable
- It makes our speech better.
- Restores the ability to chew and eat properly.
- When teeth are restored, facial features are improved.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
If you’ve lost a tooth, then dental implants may be right for you. Additionally, dental implants are a great option for patients who aren’t able to wear dentures. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently placed. This means that they won’t slip or move, and you won’t have to worry that they will come out during an important moment.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone which will act as the root for the missing tooth. A prosthetic tooth is then connected to the implant post. The prosthetic tooth will look and function just like your natural teeth.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Karen J Harris & Associates at 2000 Locust, St. Louis, MO 63103, or call (314) 231-4893.