Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount a replacement tooth or a bridge into that area.  Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

Types of Dental Implants

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.  If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift.

 

What Is A Dental Implant Procedure Like?

This procedure is a team effort between you, your general dentist in Evansville, IN and your periodontist/oral surgeon. Your periodontist/oral surgeon and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, they will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post -- called an abutment -- is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.

Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.

As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

Author
A Woman's Touch Dentistry

You Might Also Enjoy...

Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays are a safe and the most effective way to diagnose and detect tooth damage and disease that cannot otherwise be seen with the naked eye.

Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a term used to describe fear, anxiety or stress in a dental setting. Being scared to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment. Here are a few tips to soothe dental anxiety.

Stages of Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Your gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth and it’s important to be aware of the signs of gum disease so you can act before the problems become irreversible.

Trauma to a Front Tooth

Traumatic dental injuries often occur as a result of an accident or sports injury. Find out what you can do to help save the tooth.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

If you avoid eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages because your teeth are sensitive, it may be time to get to the bottom of this painful condition. A diagnosis starts with your dentist.