What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants may sound foreign and a little scary, but in reality, they’re so much more common than you might think! A dental implant is essentially an artificial root made up of titanium that is placed into the jaw to act as a structure to hold up the tooth or bridge.
These implants are supposed to bond with a patient’s jawbone after a certain period of time, and once bonded, a prosthetic is attached to it. This allows osseointegration to take place and gives enough time for the dental implant to stabilize enough to become ready for the prosthetic.
How Will Dental Implants Affect Me?
If you are looking for a permanent tooth replacement option, dental implants may be the solution for you.
Oftentimes, missing a tooth in a visible, aesthetic area can impact a person’s confidence. And while, missing a tooth in the back of the mouth presents less aesthetic concerns, it can have a negative affect on your chewing ability, and may even cause adjacent teeth to shift—creating new places for plaque and tartar to build up.
Implant treatment can provide restored function and aesthetics for a new outlook on health and an improved quality of life. Implants are an investment you will enjoy for the rest of your life.
What Type of Implants are Available?
There are several type of dental implants in which you can receive that you should become familiar with. The most common is called an endosteal implant which is placed in the jawbone. These implants are shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates that help hold up the structure of a tooth or bridge.
The next type of implant is called a subperiosteal implant which are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. Usually, these implants are used for patients who have a shallow jawbone.
To learn more about dental implants, contact Dr. Stefan today.