A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is virtually like a natural tooth except stronger. It usually involves a titanium screw that is implanted into the jawbone. After some time, the bone fuses with the artificial root and holds it firmly in place. The replacement tooth is attached to the screw. This is the best solution for missing teeth because it actually restores lost bone. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone does not get the necessary exercise from chewing. The bone will gradually disintegrate, leaving a deep depression. The cheek may sink into the depression, making the person look prematurely aged. When it comes to choosing the right type of dental implants for you, there are different ones available. When you have a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, you can learn if implants are the best solution for your missing teeth and about the different types. The two most common types are:
• Endosteal implants are the most commonly used. They are posts that are placed in the jawbone, which gradually grows over them.
• Subperiosteal implants are placed above the jawbone, underneath the gum. This type is used for people who have a shallow jawbone that is not suitable for endosteal implants. People who choose this type of dental implants do not or cannot undergo a bone-building procedure.
Depending on the teeth or tooth that needs to be replaced, our expert will help you choose from the options available. Along with single tooth replacement options, you can also replace several or all of your missing teeth with the right type of dental implants.
Multiple teeth in the same place may be replaced with implants. After the artificial roots are implanted in the jawbone and the bone has had time to grow around the post, a small bridge is attached to the posts and the artificial teeth are attached to the bridge.
Advice from our experts at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is the best way to choose the right type of dental implants for your missing teeth. Our office is located in Cabot, AR, and we proudly serve clients in the Little Rock, AR and surrounding cities. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more information about dental implants.