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Introduction to Dental Implants

Repair your Natural Smile with Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root that is inserted into the jawbone to replace teeth or a group of missing teeth. Once the metal root is implanted, an artificial tooth is attached as the replacement.  If you are looking to replace a missing tooth, a series of missing teeth, or repair the entire mouth, implants are a great choice.

The Need for Dental Implants

As people grow older, the dental mechanism wears out and the need arises for a permanent dental replacement system . Dentures and removable bridges cannot be relied upon as they are loose and unstable. Here is where implants come into the picture.

Dental implants can serve people with replacements that are both functional and aesthetic. Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth can undergo implantation.

The only concern is that you must have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to provide for the anchorage of the implants. People in whom all the teeth are missing are excellent candidates for dental implants, but today, they are used to replace small bridges, removable partial dentures and even missing single teeth.

People in whom all the teeth are missing are excellent candidates for dental implants, but today, they are used to replace small bridges, removable partial dentures and even missing single teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants, but the two major ones are Osseointegrated implant and the fibro integrated implant. Osseointegrated implants grow bone right up to the implant surface. In this case, there is no scar tissue, cartilage or ligament fibers dwell between the bone and implant surface. 

As Osseointegration happens, the implant is well fused with the bone. Titanium is the metal commonly used because it is strong and easily fuses with bone. Osseointegrated implants are the most widely recognized and successful implants today. Usually, it takes four to six months period to complete this type of dental restoration treatments.

Subperiosteal implant and the blade implant are the fibro integrated types.

Contact your dental practitioner for more information on types of dental implants and the ones that fit your needs.