If a person loses his/her permanent teeth, the body does not replace them as it does the milk teeth. However, it is possible to replace decayed or damaged teeth with teeth implants, also called dental implants. These are essentially prosthetic teeth that are intrinsically different from the removable dentures that were used by older people, a decade ago.
What are Teeth Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium roots that are fitted into the jaw bone. These implants are then left to fuse with the bone for a specified time. Once it gets fused into the bone firmly, the prosthetic teeth are fitted on them. In most cases, titanium is well-accepted by the body and there is no adverse reaction to the metal. There are different types of implants. The one that the dental surgeon will use for you will be dependent on the structure of your jaw bone. The 4 different types of implants are:
- Root form
- A root form implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. A crown is then added so it looks and feels like a healthy tooth.
- Plate form
- Also known as an endosteal implant, a plate form tends to be used when your jawbone is either too narrow or short for a root form implant. As such a flat plate is set between the jawbone and gums. Typically, the gums need about 3 to 6 months to heal, although it varies from person to person. When your gums are ready, we attach an abutment to the plate, to which we can add a crown.
- If there isn't enough bone width or height for either a root form or a plate form, a subperiosteal implant may be used. This is a custom-made implant that is custom fit to your jawbone, and it requires an impression to be made of your jaw first. Impressions may be made either through a CAT scan, or physically in the doctor's office. Once the implant is made, installed, and your gums are ready, we attach an abutment to the plate, and complete it with a crown.
- Intramucosal implants are an insert attached to the gums that are specifically designed to securely hold dentures in place
Once it has been determined that you are opting for a dental implant procedure, several tests will be run and the condition of the jaw bone will be analysed. The condition that the jaw bone is in will decide the kind of implant that is to be used. The jaw bone holds the titanium implant firmly in place and the prosthetic tooth/teeth are then fitted firmly upon it.
A Permanent Solution
Dental implants are an almost permanent procedure for loss of teeth. The prosthetic teeth will have to be serviced at regular intervals and the dentist will tell you at what frequency you will be required to visit. The implants we use look and feel very natural and improve the appearance of your smile.
They are comfortable in the mouth, stable and eating is easier. They are almost permanent and very durable and can last for a minimum of 15 years and longer. You are required to brush and floss the dental implants just as you would your natural teeth.
If you have decayed or damaged teeth, come to us for a consultation. Our dentists at our Stoney Creek office will determine if a tooth implant is the right option for you. Dr. Mansbridge has years of experience with teeth implant procedures. Contact us at (905) 662-6700 or 800 Queenston Road, Suite 18, Stoney Creek and make an appointment today.
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