A dental implant (also known as a tooth implant) refers to a surgical grade titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone to provide a synthetic root structure for a permanent, lifelike porcelain tooth. You can replace a single tooth, or you may elect a complete mouth restoration using a series of implants.
There are two types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most common type of implant. The different types include screws, cylinders or blades placed into the jawbone. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal (on the bone): These implants are placed on top of the jaw with the posts protruding through the gum. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures or who have minimal bone height.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
Dental implants usually are made up of three parts:
1) The implant: This is a screw that acts as the root for your new tooth. The implant is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
2) The abutment: This is a permanent connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth. While it may be considered permanent, it is removable as needed by your doctor.
3) The crown: Also known as a prosthetic tooth, this is the part of the implant that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Your jaw requires adequate bone to support the implant. The best candidates also have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
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