Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth. Typically made of titanium, they function as a natural root, providing support for replacement teeth. This may include bridgework, crowns, or dentures.
The parts of the dental implant include the:
- Screw, which is inserted into the jawbone
- Abutment, which attaches to the screw
- Crown, which attaches to the abutment and looks like a natural tooth
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implant benefits include:
- Convenience: Because the replacement tooth attaches directly to the implant, you don’t have the worry of adhesives failing to keep dentures in place, or the ritual of cleaning them.
- Durability: With good oral hygiene, dental implants may last the rest of your life. Removable dentures have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
- Greater comfort: Over time, removable dentures often become uncomfortable and even painful. Fixed dentures do not have this issue.
- Healthier jawbone: The roots of your teeth help preserve your jawbone. When you lose a tooth – and its supporting root – the bone erodes more quickly. This leads to the sunken mouth look that’s so common among people with missing teeth.
- Protect your remaining teeth: Removable dentures or a bridge must be anchored to surrounding teeth, which usually requires altering said teeth.
One of the greatest benefits, though, is confidence. Confidence that you look good, that your teeth won’t “click” or move when you talk, and that you can eat whatever you want.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The entire dental implant procedure typically takes around 6 to 8 months, depending on healing time. Your doctor starts by administering a dental anesthetic and then removing the tooth (if necessary). Next is an incision to open the gum tissue so the doctor may place the implant. At Atrium Dental, we use a surgical guide which makes placing implants both safe and accurate. After the implant is placed, the gum tissue is closed. The total time required for this visit depends on how many implants are being placed. One to three hours is the average.
Over the following 3 to 6 months, the implant fuses with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. After healing is complete, it’s time to attach the abutment to the implant. Then, the doctor takes a digital impression of the abutment and any surrounding teeth. The implant crown is fabricated and delivered to the patient.
The Atrium Dental Difference
At Atrium Dental, we take advantage of the latest technologies to help ensure your dental implant is successful. To perform dental implants, we use Straumann implants and surgical guides.
Straumann is the world’s leading dental implant company. They’ve earned their stellar reputation through research and a lower failure rate than their competition.
Surgical guides allow ultimate precision for placing the implant. This maximizes patient safety while also ensuring the best result. Three challenges in placing dental implants are:
- Having sufficient bone surrounding the placement
- Proper alignment for the future tooth
- Reduced trauma to the surgical site for faster healing and less pain
Using a surgical guide helps us meet each of these challenges, leading to improved outcomes and minimizing the risk of damage to surrounding tissues.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. This is because the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Your initial consultation with Atrium Dental includes a 3D x-ray to determine whether there is enough bone to anchor the implant.
To learn whether you are a candidate for dental implants, call our office today at 480.940.4321.