That you can smile safely makes a difference in your quality of life. You will realize that dental implants are an investment in your long-term well-being.
A dental implant is an artificial root that is inserted into the bone where the teeth are located, also called alveolar bone.
Dental implants are used to support an artificial tooth or series of teeth. They behave in a similar way to the natural root and replace it.
Many people use the term "dental implant" to refer to the entire replaced tooth. But if we want to speak properly, this concept only refers to the part that is inserted into the bone. We will explain all its components later.
Dental implants can be used in cases where patients have had an accident or oral diseases that have caused them to lose one or more teeth. Also, when they have lost teeth due to cavities or fractures or even in some cases of dental agenesis. The result? A virtually perfect artificial tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) "Most patients find a dental implant to be safe, stable, and a good replacement for their own tooth."
Who can get dental implants?
Patient with healthy and strong gums and an alveolar bone that can support the new root.
People who have underlying oral health problems such as gingivitis or periodontitis, or who have experienced bone loss, may not be suitable for such surgery.
If this is your case, calm down. In many cases it is possible to do a bone graft to strengthen the alveolar bone and allow the implants to be inserted later.
You also have the option of using cortical implants, which are thin titanium plates, which are made to measure for each person and are anchored with titanium screws in the cortical bone.
Another alternative for patients who cannot have conventional implants because they have suffered bone loss or have low bone density is to use mini dental implants.
Types of dental implants
When it comes to dental implants, there are several types:
Endosseous dental implant: it is placed directly in the alveolar bone. It is a kind of artificial root that is inserted into the bone through surgery. They look like small conical or cylindrical screws. This type of dental implant can hold one or more artificial teeth in place. It is appropriate for fixed restorations such as crowns or bridges.
Another is the subperiosteal implant. It is an example of a one-stage implant. It is ideal for those patients who do not have sufficient bone height to place intraosseous implants. Its adaptation implies a simpler process, but like the endosseous, it requires an initial surgery and a time for the implant to integrate into the bone. This implant has a metal base that is attached in a saddle fashion below the gum tissue, but above the alveolar bone. Basically, where the gum meets the bone. This structure has pillars, which protrude from the gum, from which the prosthesis or artificial teeth are subsequently attached. It is suitable for rehabilitations with removable total dentures.
Other types of implants are:
Zygomatic implant. We detail everything below.
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