At Ardent Dental Arts, dental implants are made out of medical-grade titanium and replace both the tooth's root and crown. The implant resembles a small screw inserted into the jawbone directly into the spot where the missing tooth’s root would have been located. Over time, the jaw bone will heal around the and fuse to the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once healed, your oral surgeon will attach a connector or abutment to the post. This abutment holds the final restoration, either a crown, bridge, or denture.
Once the implants have healed, your final restoration will be placed in your mouth during a procedure that typically takes only a few hours to complete. Your new teeth will be secured permanently in place, and you will once again be able to enjoy the full function of your mouth. No one can tell the difference between your new restoration and natural teeth! Good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily and flossing daily ensure your dental implant lasts as long as possible.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are directly placed into the jawbone through a surgical procedure. These implants are typically in the form of small screws, cylinders, or plates. Once the implant integrates with the jawbone through osseointegration, a dental prosthesis, such as a crown or bridge, is attached.
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative option for patients with insufficient bone height or density for traditional implants. Instead of being placed within the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are positioned on or above the jawbone but beneath the gum tissue. A metal framework supports the prosthesis, which is then attached to the implants. Subperiosteal implants are less commonly used compared to endosteal implants.
Dental implants function and feel like natural teeth, allowing individuals to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Unlike removable dentures, implants are securely anchored in the jawbone, eliminating concerns about slippage or discomfort while eating or speaking. Dental implants' stability and natural appearance can significantly improve an individual's quality of life.
The underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time when a tooth is lost. Dental implants help stimulate bone growth and prevent further bone loss through osseointegration. By integrating with the jawbone, implants provide the necessary stimulation to maintain bone density, preserving the overall facial structure and preventing changes in facial appearance that can occur with tooth loss.
Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Dental implants are a durable and permanent solution, unlike other tooth replacement options that may require replacement or repair over time. They are designed to withstand the normal forces of biting and chewing and resist decay.
Dental implants have been proven to be highly effective in restoring missing teeth and improving oral function and aesthetics. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, visit Ardent Dental Arts, 14 Wilson Ave #4, Englishtown, NJ 07726, or call (732) 627-4108.