Tooth loss occurs for a variety of reasons, such as periodontal disease, injury, or tooth decay. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for people who have lost one or more of their teeth. Dental implants serve to provide a solid foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth, which may either be permanent or removable.
Types of Dental Implants
Two types of dental implants exist. Endosteal implants are the most common and are placed inside of the jawbone. The other type is sub-periosteal, which is placed on top of the jawbone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to looking natural, dental implants offer many advantages.
- Replace any missing teeth
- Support the structural integrity of your jaw
- Restore the contour of your face
- Resistant to decay
- Easy to care for and maintain
- Looks, feels and functions like your own teeth
Any restorative dental procedure begins by formulating a customized dental plan and taking molds, or imprints, of your mouth to ensure precision when placing your dental implant.
After your specific treatment has been determined, a root implant will be inserted into your jawbone right inside of the bone socket of your missing tooth. This implant is made of titanium and is virtually indestructible.
As the jawbone heals, it actually grows around the implant in order to anchor it down, functioning just like a tooth root. The healing process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.
After the implant has completely healed and bonded securely to the jawbone, an abutment, or small connecting post, is attached to hold the new tooth firmly in place.
The replacement tooth is then inserted. If you opt for a removable denture, there will be additional supports placed on your implant in order to hold the denture in place. Your new tooth is designed to match your surrounding teeth in both shape and color.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants at our Gainesville practice, please contact us today!