What Are Dental Implants Exactly

The dental implants are those metal posts or frames which are surgically positioned into your jawbone right beneath your gums. Once they are in place, they will allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

Do you know how the dental implants work? Well, because the implants fuse to your jawbone, they will provide you with stable support for the artificial teeth.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

The dentures and the bridges mounted to the implants will not slip or shift inside your mouth – which is an especially important benefit when speaking and eating. This secure fit will aid in the bridges and the dentures you will have,  as well as all the individual crowns placed over the implants – it feels more natural than the conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, the ordinary bridges and dentures are just not comfortable or even possible, because of the sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition to all of this, the ordinary bridges have to be attached to the teeth on both of the sides of the spaces left by the missing teeth.

An advantage of the implants is that no teeth need to be prepared or ground down in order to hold your new replacement tooth or teeth in place.If you want to receive implants, you absolutely have to have healthy gums and of course, an adequate bone to support the implant.

You have to commit to keeping these structures healthy. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene are critical for the long term success of the dental implants.

The implants can usually be a bit more expensive than any other method of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover just about 10 percent of the  fees.

The American Dental Association considers only two types of implants to be safe – here they are:

  • Endosteal implants – these are the surgically implanted implants who are inserted directly to the jawbone. Once the gum tissue that surrounds the area has healed, the second surgery is needed in order to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, the artificial tooth or teeth is attached to the post individually, or grouped on a denture or a bridge.
  • Subperiosteal implants – these implants consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto your jawbone just below your gum tissue. So, as your gums heal, the frame will become fixed to your jawbone. The posts which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. A with the first type of implants, the artificial teeth are finally, at the very end of this procedure mounted to the posts.