Dental Implant Procedure
The Dental Implant procedure itself is simple and almost everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. The procedure consists of making a channel in the bone in the areas that a tooth should be and inserting the implant into that channel. Once the implant is in the place that is desired nature must do the rest. The bone during the process of healing after making the channel in the bone will microscopically lock the implant in place. This is what we call osseointegration. It is this that allows the implant to take the chewing forces that are applied to the teeth without loosening over time.
Dental Implant Types
Dental implants have come in many varieties over the years, but at this point the most popular type is the threaded type, This type of implant resembles a screw. The surface of the implant is usually roughened to increase the surface area that the osseointegration happens on. The material that most implants are made of is titanium, although a relatively new material is available called Zirconia.
single tooth replacement dental implants
Implants can easily be used to replace a tooth that is missing. Whether the tooth was never formed, or had to be removed because of disease, a dental implant is a strong, natural looking replacement.
Dental implant bridges
If a block of several teeth are missing, two implants can be placed and a bridge replacing several teeth can be bridged from one implant to another. This is a more cost effective way to replace several teeth than placing an implant in every area where a tooth used to be.
Dental Implant Dentures
Implants can be placed to secure dentures. This can be done whether the denture is being made for the first time, or the patient has worn dentures for years and is tired of the way the denture moves around. Usually two implants on the lower or four implants on the upper are placed with small attachments that snap into the inside of the denture.