What is a Dental Implant?
Everyone desires the ability to smile confidently, enjoy meals without difficulty, and speak clearly without hesitation. The absence of one or more teeth can significantly impact self-esteem and mental well-being. At Water's Edge Dental, we believe no one should feel hindered by missing teeth, and we can assist you in regaining your confidence and functionality of your teeth. Smiling, eating, and communicating should be enjoyable experiences for all.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for missing teeth, typically in the form of dental crowns or dental bridges, anchored into the gums and jawbone. Dental implants can be fabricated from materials such as titanium or zirconia. A dental implant is made up of three individual parts that all work together. The implant post is what is surgically placed into the jawbone. A connector, also named an abutment, is the second piece of the implant. It connects to the dental crown which is placed on the top. The dental crown is the piece of the dental implant that is visible and acts as your new tooth.
Endosteal and Subperiosteal Implants
There are primarily two types of dental implants. Endosteal implants, commonly known as in-bone implants, are the most prevalent. They involve one or multiple teeth surgically implanted into the jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants, or on-the-bone implants, sit atop the jawbone, utilizing a metal framework to support the prosthesis. These are suitable for patients unable to receive endosteal implants or traditional dentures.
Types of Dental Implants
A single tooth implant can be used if you are missing only one tooth. If you are missing several teeth, a multiple tooth dental implant may be more suitable. Full arch dental implants and implant-supported dentures are also available options. Dental implants provide versatility in regard to how many teeth you need to replace.
What Determines Eligibility for Dental Implants?
If dentures cause discomfort, pain, or speech issues, dental implants may be a better solution. However, eligibility for dental implants must first be determined through a physical assessment. During your initial consultation with us, factors such as gum health, bone density, and bone availability for implantation will be evaluated.
Poor gum health may necessitate periodontal treatment before implantation. Inadequate bone density might require bone grafting or a sinus lift procedure, as dental implants typically require a minimum bone height.
Moreover, avoiding excessive smoking and alcohol consumption is crucial to reduce infection risk and implant failure. Failure to meet these criteria doesn't rule out the possibility of getting dental implants. It simply means you may need to treat some of these other issues before you can receive dental implants.
Dental Implants Water's Edge Dental
If you're missing teeth and are considering dental implants, Water's Edge Dental can assist in exploring your options. Contact us at (208) 391-8554 to schedule an appointment and to learn more about these popular tooth replacement options.