There is good news for patients who have lost one or multiple teeth, or who have recently had any extracted. Implant placement is a service that now most general dentistry clinics offer as opposed to oral surgeons and offices that specialize in restorative services. The procedure is quick and painless and can be used to effectively insert an artificial tooth that looks and functions like the real thing.
What is Implant Placement?
As the name suggests, implant placement refers to the process in which an artificial tooth is permanently inserted either directly into the patient’s jawbone or on top of it. The former method is referred to as endosteal, and it involves placing a titanium implant base that essentially takes the place of would-be root. After being installed, the jawbone will naturally adapt to the base and will grow around it, thus making it durable enough to support the functions of the crown. For endosteal operations, dentists wait for the jawbone to adequately heal before inserting the crown, the timing of which varies from patient to patient.
Despite the additional time required to complete the placement, endosteal is a sound option for patients that do not want to hassle with dentures or for those who only need to have a minimal number of teeth replaced. On the other hand, the subperiosteal implant does not involve inserting a metal base inside the bone. Instead of mimicking the root of the patient’s teeth, this method entails using a series of metal posts that attach the implant to the jawline. It is typically the best option for people who cannot wear dentures or who lack the requisite jawbone height needed for the alternative.
Is Implant Placement Right for You?
Before having the placement procedure, your dentist will first evaluate whether you are qualified to have it. This means having overall good oral health (no signs of serious gum or periodontal disease) and enough jawbone to hold and support the artificial implants. Since they basically infuse with tissues of the mouth, the underlying structure needs to be strong enough to hold the device in place. If you end up having an endosteal operation, you will not be able tell afterwards that you have had an artificial implant. The dental implant technology dentists use today allows for the creation of a virtual replica of each patient’s actual teeth, both in appearance and function.