Are missing teeth stopping you from enjoying and carrying out day-to-day activities? With implants, patients with missing or broken teeth can restore their teeth and continue eating, smiling, speaking, laughing, or talking with ease.
What are dental implants?
Implants are more like artificial tooth roots that are more similar to the shape of screws. They provide a strong base support to install artificial teeth restorations (dental crowns) that would act like natural ones.
A device known as the abutment (connector) would be placed on top of the implant (which would be in the form of a Titanium crown). The abutment holds and supports the crowns. Dental crowns (the restoration) would be designed and customized to suit your needs and are made out of materials that are tooth-compatible.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Wearing dental implants to restore your missing teeth can do wonders! Missing teeth may corrupt confidence, inhibit the patient to laugh to their fullest, and also limit the normal functions of the mouth. Dental implants would not only improve the patients ability to carry out the functions of the mouth, but also improve appearance, aesthetics, and self-confidence.
What are the different types of implants available?
Dental implants are available in different types, kinds, sizes, and forms. The dentist or oral surgeon would be the best person to decide what would suit the patient.
Dental implants may be classified into two:
Endosteal implants - Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. They are surgically placed in the jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants -Subperiosteal implants would be placed under the gums. They are considered for patients who do not have a healthy jawbone and would have to undergo bone augmentation procedures for regain bone strength.
What is the process involved in placing implants?
The procedure begins by administering a local anesthesia near the areas of the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Once numb, the dentist would make a small incision where the implant must go into. A suitable implant would be inserted into the jawbone and would be allowed to heal for a certain period of time. Once the implant has been fully fused into the jawbone, the dentist would place and attach an abutment over it. The crown/suitable restoration of choice would be attached to the abutment that would serve as the artificial tooth.
To understand more about dental implants, request an appointment with Dr. Tognotti by calling our office at (925) 934 2066 or by placing an appointment online.