Whether you’ve lost teeth to periodontal disease, pole vaulting accidents, or pillow fights, it’s important to bridge the gap in your smile. A dental implant is a great option for replacing lost teeth and will leave you with a gleaming, confident grin.
The Nuts and Bolts: What Is A Dental Implant?Much like a tree’s roots anchor it in the ground, a tooth’s root anchors it in your mouth. To replace a lost tooth, the work starts from the ground up—by way of a dental implant. Implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth and are made up of two parts: a titanium implant body that replaces the root (a Swedish surgeon discovered that titanium actually fuses naturally with bone) and a tooth-colored crown for the world to see There are two kinds of dental implants:
- Endosteal implants: these implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone with screws or cylinders. They can hold one or more new teeth and are also viable for use with bridges or removable dentures.
- Subperiosteal: these implants, designed for patients unable to use conventional dentures or those who have minimal bone height, are placed on top of the jawbone and feature a metal framework of posts that pass through the gum to hold new teeth in place.