Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The jawbone must grow around these implant posts in a process called osseointegration, allowing the implant to be strong and sturdy. Once this osseointegration process is complete, the jawbone fuses to the implant, making it a permanent tooth replacement option.
What are the different types of dental implants?
Implants can generally be broken down into the following types:
Endosteal implants: This type of implant is surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. These implants are the most commonly used and maybe the ideal choice for you.
Subperiosteal implants: This type of implant is secured to the jawbone but under the gums. This type of implant may be recommended if you're unable to wear dentures due to your medical condition.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and their facial contours will be preserved.
The implants create a more stable tooth replacement, and this can help to keep other teeth from shifting out of place. They are made from titanium, and this makes them strong and durable for long-term use.
What are the key components for successful dental implants?
The implant, abutment, and crown all play important roles in the success of a dental implant procedure. The implant is a small post that is surgically embedded below the gum line into the jawbone. The abutment is a connector that joins the implant to the restoration. The crown is the artificial tooth that fills the space above the gum line.
How long does the entire process take?
The entire process takes anywhere from two to eight months. Our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.