Dental implants are on their way to becoming one of the standards in dental care. Their outstanding rate of success, aesthetic beauty and durability make them one of the choice options for replacing missing teeth. If there is a downside to getting dental implants, it would only be the length of the process.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implants. The endosteal implant is placed in the jawbone with a titanium anchor that looks much like a small screw. This type is suitable for the patient whose jaw bone is naturally able to support dental implants.
The subperiosteal implant is placed directly on the jawbone, under the gum. For the patient whose bone mass is too weak to support an endosteal implant, and who either chooses not to undergo bone augmentation or cannot undergo the procedure, this type of implant is the best choice. The decision regarding which type of dental implant will be used depends on the condition of the bone where it will be situated.
The time it takes for a dental implant site to heal depends on many factors. If a bone graft is required, healing can take several months. In some instances where only a small graft is needed, the implant can be placed at the same time as a graft. Again, healing will take several months before the abutment and artificial tooth can be attached to the implant.
When it is placed, the natural bone takes time to mesh with the implant. This process is called osseointegration, and it is what gives the implant its stability and makes it like a natural tooth. It is also the main factor in the lengthy healing process.
Dental implants can take months to heal; however, once the entire process is completed you have a stable tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Investing in dental implants is a wise move for your best oral health. Contact us at Katy Cypress Dental for more information. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation appointment for you.