Dental implants are metal frames or posts surgically placed in the jawbone. They act as roots for replacement teeth. Dental implants are a permanent, fixed solution for missing teeth. They provide steady support for prosthetic teeth, and unlike removable replacement solutions, they do not shift or slip inside the mouth, allowing for maximum comfort and convenience. They feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.Another benefit of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be ground down or prepared to hold your new replacement teeth in place.
An endosteal implant is a cast surgical-grade titanium metal frame which is custom-designed to fit snugly to your jawbone. Once the implant is placed on the bone, synthetic bone is placed over and around the implant, and then your gums are closed over it. Then, removable dentures or fixed partial bridgework are anchored to the implant posts or a bar above the gums.
The first step of the implant procedure is to ensure that you have enough bone strength to successfully support an implant. If not, then bone grafting surgery will need to be performed in order to enhance the success rate of the dental implant procedure. This involves the placement of natural or artificial bone grafts taken from your own body or sourced from outside to add strength and volume to the jawbone at the implant placement site. Once the jawbone has healed after the grafting procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, beneath the gums. The procedure is conducted under the effect of local anesthesia. Sedation may be used for patients suffering from dental anxiety. After the procedure, the implant site slowly heals, and the post fuses to the jawbone to create a strong artificial tooth root.
For more information about teeth replacement using endosteal implants, please feel free to contact our office for a consultation at (940) 566-1066.