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What are Dental Implants?

Post by : Dr Jack Connan BDS GDC No. 277529 | 19 March 2023

Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implants may be the perfect solution for regaining your confident smile. Long-lasting and indistinguishable from natural teeth, dental implant technology has proven successful over many years – ensuring each patient’s beautiful new grin is there to stay!

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implant advantagesDental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

Patients with weakened oral health or bone loss may not always be ready for dental implants. But, thanks to the advanced technology of a dental bone graft procedure, it is now possible in many cases to rebuild and strengthen their jawbones so that they can receive implant surgery and finally put an end to tooth pain.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.

Dental impant_ Endosteal implants

  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Dental implant_ Subperiosteal implants

Here’s some of the reasons to consider dental implants:

  • Dental implants offer an aesthetic solution to restore the natural look and feel of your smile. Their secure support ensures restorations remain in place for long-lasting results.
  • New technology proves that dental implants can not only replace lost teeth, but also safeguard against jawbone deterioration. With this innovative solution, you can keep your smile looking great for years to come.
  • With dental implants, you can enjoy all the crunchy, delicious meals life has to offer. Restore your bite and never worry about missing teeth affecting what foods are off-limits again.
  • With the help of dental implants, you can replace any missing teeth without compromising your remaining healthy ones.

The expense of your treatment plan will depend on the number and complexity of implants required. Speak with your dentist to get an accurate estimate for what you can expect financially in order to achieve the best possible results from this process. Contact us to know more about the treatment plans.

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