Types of Dental Implants – Understanding the Process

Dental implants have become the preferred method of tooth replacement today. While dentures and partials are still used and are cheaper, there are many obvious advantages of dental implants. As a result, knowing more about them is important. Most people want to know about the various types of dental implants. It’s a tricky question since nearly all implants are done with the same procedure. Still, there are various elements that may differ from one implant to the next that are well worth knowing, and taking a look at the older types is worthwhile when learning about the procedure. Subperiosteal implants are rarely used today. They involved screwing a mounting device to the bone and then installing the implants on it. Today, dental implants are known as root-form endosseous implants. By installing an anchor or artificial root into the jaw itself, the bone within the jaw will graft itself to that artificial root. Implants are then attached to the root and the result is a brand new tooth that is permanent and indistinguishable from others in the mouth. It’s a fairly easy procedure to understand but one that takes a skilled hand to complete properly. There are numerous types of dental implants within this basic definition, normally divided by the number of teeth being implanted as well as the time allowed for mounting. Crowns, implant-supported bridges, partials, individual teeth, and even the entire mouth can all be types of dental implants and each one follows the same basic procedure. One key difference is in many cases a single tooth can often use an immediate mount – the artificial tooth is applied to the artificial root directly after the root is implanted into the jaw. With more extensive implants, this isn’t possible due to the healing factor. ‘Loading’ the implant can often be done within a week, or up to a few months later. In large-scale implants, it’s important to take the time to wait until the root has grafted to the bone. Also, the number of immediate placement implants is becoming common. In these cases, the implant is applied during the same procedure when the old tooth is extracted. This can reduce the length of recovery and healing time significantly when compared to other options. No matter the specifics, there’s no denying that dental implants are the best way to get your smile back.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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