A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth used to replace a missing tooth. Implants are an option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to infection, injury, or decay.
The two main types of dental implants are endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is the most common and involves your dentist placing a screw or other abutment in your jawbone surgically.
For a subperiosteal implant, your dentist ensures the framework posts protrude from your gums to support the implants. Subperiosteal implants are ideal for patients who have minimal bone height or can't wear conventional dentures.
Your dentist evaluates your gums to ensure they're strong enough to support the implant. They then will surgically insert a crown in place of the missing tooth.
The next step will be creating a mold of your teeth and jawbone to have the customized crown crafted in a laboratory.
Once your gums heal from the placement of the post, you'll return to the office for the placement of your crown. The entire process takes multiple visits and requires follow-ups.
A bridge, extraction, or dentures are potential alternatives to a dental implant. Your dentist can discuss your needs, desired outcome, and pricing to determine your situation's best course of action. Another common dental implant option is the single posterior implants used to create a stable structure for your hind teeth.
No two patients are the same, so the price varies. While it could be on the more expensive side, some insurers cover a portion of the expense nowadays.
After your provider installs an implant, you take care of it just as you would your regular teeth—brush and floss to prevent bacteria from accumulating on the implant, which could damage it.
Visit the office regularly for examinations and routine cleanings after you receive your implant. You can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime with proper care.
To schedule a consultation for dental implants, call the Center for Advanced Dentistry, or request an appointment online today!
Our team of dedicated professionals are ready to help you get started.