Teeth implants, also known as dental implants, are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. They provide support for artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
What Are Teeth Implants?
Teeth implants are small posts that are attached to your jaw and stand in for the root of a tooth. They fuse to new replacement teeth with a connector, or abutment. Most dental implants are made of titanium.
Types of Teeth Implants
The most common types of dental implants are endosteal and subperiosteal implants. The main difference is how they’re attached to your jawbone.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are shaped like a small screw, cylinder, or blade and are placed in your jawbone, holding one or more replacement teeth.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on or above your jawbone. They are a metal post that’s put under your gum and sticks through your gum to hold it in place.
Benefits of Teeth Implants
Teeth implants offer a wide range of advantages. They can improve the quality of life and the health of a person who needs them. They behave like natural teeth, restoring full chewing power. They can last a lifetime, unlike a dental bridge which may only last around 10 years.
Teeth implants also prevent bone loss. Where there is no tooth, the jaw bone in the empty space deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed in the first year of losing a tooth, that bone area loses 25% of its volume.
The Procedure of Teeth Implants
The process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps, including damaged tooth removal, jawbone preparation (grafting), when needed, dental implant placement, bone growth and healing, abutment placement, and artificial tooth placement.
Teeth implants are a reliable and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They offer numerous benefits, including improved chewing ability, prevention of bone loss, and a natural appearance. However, as with any medical procedure, potential patients should consult with their dentist to discuss their specific needs and circumstances.