Did you know that dental implants are one of the most frequently performed procedures in the United States? In fact, more than 5 million implants are placed annually in the US alone! This is because implants have a natural appearance and a secure, comfortable, and functional fit to ensure they are the best course of action for smile repairment.
With dental implants from Metro Park Dental Arts in Rogers, AR you can smile again free from pain or embarrassment!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are much more than just “fake teeth.” Using state-of-the-art technology, dental professionals from all over have been able to successfully remedy tooth damage by recreating your smile in a safe, efficient, and long-lasting manner. A dental implant is a small post, typically made from titanium, that is inserted deep into a patient’s jawbone to serve as a solid foundation for either a bridge or a crown, that matches the look and function of the patient’s missing teeth. Once installed, dental implants are a great option for repairing loose, missing, or damaged teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
During your visit to Metro Park Dental Arts your dentist will discuss options with you to determine which implant procedure best suits your needs. After an implant is chosen, the dentist will insert it into the jawbone along with a visible crown section. Once in place, the implant is firmly attached to the affected tooth with a screw. Over the next few months, the implants and the jawbone will bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. In the meantime, a temporary tooth can be worn over the implant sites for protection.
Types of Dental Implants
Developed by the Mayans in 600 A.D., implants are now stronger than ever. Now, thanks to modern technology, dentists have several types of dental implants to work with, including:
Endosteal Implants- The most commonly used dental implant, they are embedded in the jawbone and utilize screws and other apparatuses to hold replacement teeth, dentures, and bridges firmly in place.
Subperiosteal Implants- Similar to endosteal implants but with one big difference; they hold restored teeth on top of bones that are not sturdy enough to hold an implant inside of them.
Overdentures- Situated on top of dental implants for stability, they are an alternative to dentures that provide wearers with comfort, improved speech, and the ability to better chew various types of food.
Implant-Supported Bridges- Inserted in three pieces, implant-supported bridges are usually used for patients who are missing multiple teeth or whose weak jawbones will not withstand holding an implant in place. They are also used if the new tooth is too close to a nerve for other types of implants to be used.
All-On 4 Implants- A flexible option for patients looking for an alternative to dentures. It requires a procedure that places a tiny screw in the jawbone to replace the root of a damaged or missing tooth. Then, a dental crown is connected to a replacement tooth that matches its partners.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a common procedure that can be beneficial for patients of all ages. In most instances, a dentist will suggest dental implants for patients who practice good oral hygiene, are able to undergo oral surgery, have a tooth removed, and have gums that can hold the implant in place. In addition to being relatively pain-free, implants are also preferred because they present patients with a practical alternative to surgeries.
Here are some of the other benefits of dental implants:
- They can add a level of support for dentures or partial denture
- You can stop feeling self-conscious about missing or loose teeth
- Implants look and feel natural because your implants are fitted to avoid slipping
- No surrounding teeth have to be affected or disturbed in any way to secure an implant
- You can talk and eat as you normally would, and with no additional inconvenience
- Your self-esteem will improve, and you will no longer have to worry about missing teeth
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Dental implants are widely considered to be mostly pain-free due to the procedure being performed with either general or local anesthesia. After treatment, it is not uncommon for patients to experience some pain once this anesthetic has worn off. Initially, the discomfort may last between two to ten days. However, pain at the implant site can be reduced with an ice pack, over-the-counter pain medication, and by eating soft foods. You should call your dentist if you experience prolonged discomfort or if your pain persists for a longer period of time.
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Abutment and Placement
Most implants have three pieces: the implant that goes in your bone, the abutment (or connector) that holds the tooth, and the crown tooth that attaches to the abutment. The crown is shaped like a tooth and made to look like the others around it so that it is not obviously false. Abutments are made of different materials, most commonly titanium, but they can also be made of gold or zirconia. A special type of dental cement is used to keep the crown attached to the abutment. Well made dental implants have a very tight connection between the implant and the abutment. This is important for the long-term maintenance of your bone around the implant.Read more about Abutment and Placement
Implants vs. Bridges
Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth when implanted by your dentist. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.Read more about Implants vs. Bridges
A bridge is a restoration for two or more missing teeth in a row. Common restorations like fixed bridges or removable partials can cause the surrounding bone to weaken because they are dependent on adjacent teeth for support. However, implant-supported bridges integrate with the natural bone, providing a much stronger and more natural restoration.Read more about Implant-Supported Bridges
A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the top part of the tooth. A single tooth that needs to be completely replaced can be restored utilizing an implant-supported crown. The crown is typically made of porcelain, giving the restoration a natural look.Read more about Implant-Supported Crowns
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture (a removable partial denture or a complete denture that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth, the roots of natural teeth, and/or dental implants) that is supported by, and attached to, implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.Read more about Implant-Supported Dentures
Individual Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line and topped with a replacement tooth. If you're considering implants, you must have healthy gums and a jaw bone that is strong enough to secure and support the post.Read more about Individual Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are an alternative to conventional implants. As implied by the name, they are about half the width of regular implants. Mini implants are often suggested for patients whose bone width is not dense enough to support regular implants. These mini-implants can be used to stabilize dentures or a restoration for a small tooth, front tooth or teeth located in a narrow space.Read more about Mini Dental Implants