Dental implants are simply a metal frame or post that we surgically place inside your jaw, under your gums. The implantation of this post allows us to mount a replacement tooth onto it.
Since your dental implant will be fused to your jawbone, it will offer a firm foundation for the placement of an artificial tooth. If you have bridges or dentures mounted to your dental implants, they will not slip or shift inside of your mouth, which is particularly helpful when you are speaking and eating. The secure fit offered by your new implant allows dentures, bridges, and crowns that are placed over it to feel more natural than a traditional denture or bridge.
What Types of Dental Implants Are There?
Two forms of dental implants are considered to be safe by the American Dental Association: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are implanted right into your jawbone using surgery. After the surrounding gum is fully healed, another surgery involves the connection of a post to the original implant. We then attach an artificial tooth to the post.
Subperiosteal implants involve the fitting of a metal frame onto your jawbone below the gum line. After the healing of your gums, this metal frame will be permanently affixed to your jawbone. A post can then be attached to this frame, and an artificial teeth can also be mounted.
When Are Dental Implants Needed?
You may need a dental implant if you wish to preserve your remaining teeth. Whenever a tooth is removed or lost, the bone that once anchored it into your jawbone begins to deteriorate. This can cause problems with the fit of your teeth and your gums. Surrounding teeth can also start shifting into the gap left by the missing tooth.
Your dental implant will mimic the root of your original tooth. This offers a firm foundation for replacement tooth. Some types of tooth replacement procedures cannot replace missing tooth roots. This means that adjacent teeth must be altered to allow room for a bridge or denture, which compromises tooth health.
Dental implants offer an excellent means of replacing missing teeth. Your dental implant is designed to last for your entire lifetime. Dental implants offer the highest success rates among tooth replacement treatment options.
Getting a dental implant at Brevard Smiles is your best chance of a permanent solution to tooth loss. The procedure has an extremely high success rate and helps prevent teeth shifting into the space left by the missing tooth, as well as bone resorption. We are conveniently located in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge, FL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!