What are Dental Implants? 

A dental implant is like a small screw that is surgically embedded into your jawbone to serve as the root for a dental prosthesis. If one tooth is being replaced, then a single crown can be used. If several teeth or an entire arch of teeth needs to be replaced, multiple dental implants are required and the prosthesis used is a bridge. The most popular implants consist of titanium, which is unique in that bone bonds with it. Therefore, in time, the implants bond with your natural bone, making them a permanent part of your jawbone. The connector that serves as the bridge to link the implant and crown is called an abutment.

Dental Implants are the Closest Thing to Having Your Natural Teeth

Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth because they look and feel just like natural teeth. In addition, this tooth-replacement solution typically lasts from 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. After patients have their dental implant procedure, they feel confident about the way their smiles look. This newfound confidence improves their lives because they can enjoy participating in activities and socializing without worrying about how their teeth look.

Types of Dental Implants

Which option is best for a patient depends on his or her dental health and goals.

There are two main types of dental implants that are frequently used:

  1. Endosteal Implants

This is the most common type of implant; it consists of titanium and stainless steel. The small titanium screw is placed into the jawbone, thus, replacing the missing root. This root holds the artificial tooth in place. The prosthetic crown can be made from acrylic or porcelain.

  1. Subperiosteal Implants

Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are made of a metal framework. Subperiosteal implants rest above the jawbone within the gum tissue instead of in the bone. Subperiosteal implants are ideal for individuals who do not have an adequate amount of jawbone for endosteal implants.

Determining Eligibility for Dental Implants

To be eligible for dental implants, patients must have healthy teeth and gums, enough jawbone, and be free of periodontal disease. To determine if you are eligible for dental implants, your dentist at The Fine Art of Family Dentistry in Salina, Kansas, will perform an oral examination.

Whether you need a single tooth replaced, several teeth or an entire arch, the dentists at The Fine Art of Family Dentistry can help. If you would like to know more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office today at (785)-823-5568 to schedule an initial consultation.

The two highly experienced dentists at The Fine Art of Dentistry, Dr. Lynn R. Wuthnow and Dr. Blake E. Wuthnow have the skill and experience necessary to provide you with the beautiful teeth you desire.

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