A dental implant is a treatment used to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures and bridges. The three main types of dental implants include transosteal implants that are through the bone, subperiosteal implants that sit on top of the bone and endosseous dental implants that are implanted directly into the jawbone.
Endosseous dental implants, or endosteal implants, are the most common type of dental implant. This type of implant typically requires two stages of treatment, starting with placing the artificial root and ending with attaching the artificial tooth to the root. When the artificial root is implanted into the jawbone, it will be secured over time as the bone grows over the root. The new crown or bridge can then be attached to the implant.
The artificial root used in endosseous dental implants is usually made of titanium, which is biocompatible with your gums and bone. This allows it to be accepted by your body just like a natural root, and after it is placed, the bone starts to grow over it and anchor it to the jaw. This is considered one of the top advantages of dental implants because they renew and keep the integrity of the jaw. Dentures and removable bridges may fill the gap, but they leave the space in the gum empty. If the bone is not exercised by chewing, it will gradually deteriorate and the cheek may sag because it is not supported.
Dental implants are among the most successful dental procedures available today. They can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly, and they look and function like natural teeth. You can brush and floss as usual and never again take your teeth out at night and put them in a glass.
Depending on your particular case, the artificial root may be implanted immediately after a tooth has been extracted. If this is successful, it will greatly reduce the time usually required for an implant because the bone starts attaching itself to the artificial root sooner.
When you meet our specialist, your teeth will be examined and you may undergo several tests to determine if you are a good candidate for endosseous dental implants. In general, anyone who can have a tooth extracted or undergo other types of oral surgery is a good candidate for endosseous dental implants. If you are still concerned about whether or not you would make a good candidate, Dr. Jirik will walk you through the process and help you explore all of your options during your consultation.
If you need to have a tooth removed or already have gaps in your teeth, endosseous dental implants may be your best option. They may also be suitable to replace a full set of dentures. Dental implants function like natural teeth and make the jaw generate new bone that anchors the artificial root, filling gaps to improve the structure of your jaw and your general dental health.
The office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is proud to serve residents in Little Rock, AR with the highest quality implant, cosmetic and general dentistry. Let experienced and trusted cosmetic dentist be your guide towards your best dental health. If you are interested in learning more about endosseous dental implants, schedule your consultation with us today.