What Are Dental Implants

If you are in need of replacement teeth and are looking for a safe way to get a healthy smile while also being able to confidently eat, laugh, and be active, you may want to consider dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implants are those small screw-shaped artificial teeth roots that are able to integrate with your jaw bone so that they become a naturally strong base for crowns once they are inserted.

In addition to the dental implant and crown, you will also have an abutment, which connects the crown to the dental implant. This helps ensure that dental implants and crowns continue to be the strongest option for replacement teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work

Those considering dental implants may wonder how they work. As mentioned above, dental implants are meant to help attach artificial teeth. To do so, the dental implants are surgically placed into one’s jaw bone so that they can support a crown and act as an artificial root.

Once the implant has been placed into the jaw bone and the gums have healed, a customized crown is placed onto the dental implant so that your tooth both looks and feels natural!

Why Dental Implants

People who choose to use dental implants do so because they want new teeth that look, function, and feel natural. Dental implants are also one of the sturdiest methods for supporting artificial teeth as the titanium in the implants fuse with one’s jaw bone, do not cause bone damage, and do not decay over time. In fact, they have been trusted and used by the dental industry for over 30 years now.

What Do Dental Implants Look Like

Dental implants consist of a screw-like cylinder that is made out of metal, such as titanium. However, since the dental implant acts as a root for crowns, the dental implant itself is not seen as the crown is what others will see. The crown looks like a real tooth, so no one will know the difference!

Types of Dental Implants

When patients choose to get dental implants, they are usually provided with four different dental implant type options. Those four are listed below.

  1. Endosteal/Endosseous Dental Implants
    This type of dental implants involves placing the implant into the jaw bone. It is often used as a substitute for dentures or a bridge.
  2. Subperiosteal Dental Implants
    A subperiosteal dental implant is also placed into the jaw bone, but the metal implant is left exposed to hold the restoration.
  3. Two-Stage Dental Implants
    This implant uses surgery to place the implant into the jaw bone and is left to heal for a time. Once healed, another minor surgery is required to expose the implant and attach the crown.
  4. Single-Stage Dental Implants
    This type of dental implant uses a lengthier implant so that the top stays exposed once placed into the jaw. Once healed, no surgery is then required to go back in and attach the crown.

Who Does Dental Implants

Dental implants are usually provided by dental health specialists, such as oral surgeons. If you are looking to get dental implants, it is worth checking around your local area for those who offer dental implant services. Most general dentists can place implants, as it is a standard of care for tooth replacement. Fredericksburg and Ashland Smile Center’s Dr. Butterworth has had extensive training in implant dentistry.

Are Dental Implants Safe

While some may worry, dental implants are a well-known and reliable treatment for teeth replacement. Contemporary dental implants have been well-used throughout the dental community for over 30 years. The metal that they are typically made from, titanium, is biocompatible with human bodies. This procedure is also very popular as it has the highest level of comfort with the lowest level of risk for patients.

If you are interested in dental implants and want to learn more, please reach out to Fredericksburg and Ashland Smile Center for more information.