A dental implant consists of an artificial tooth root that is placed into patients jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Implants are a option for patients who may have lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to advanced periodontal disease, injuries or other health reasons.
Endosteal (in the bone): The most common type of implant, consists of various types that include screws, cylinders and blades that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The implants placed will hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Endosteal implants are generally used as an alternative for patients that may have bridges or removable dentures.
An ideal candidate for a dental implant is a patient who is in good general overall health as well as good oral health. Adequate bone in a patient’s jaw is also needed to support an implant, along with healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease. Implants are directly connected with gum tissues and bone in the mouth. Periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in these areas, making them an integral part of the implant procedure. Periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals and also have special knowledge, and training that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like the patient’s own. A patients dentist and periodontist will work together and consult to determine how and where an implant should be placed.
Dental implants will look and feel like real teeth, they will also require the same daily care. After treatment, a periodontist and dentist will develop the best care plan for the patient moving forward.