What are Dental Implants?
There are conventional dental implants and mini dental implants. The conventional dental implant procedure involves replacing the natural tooth root with metal posts that resemble screws and are made of titanium. These titanium posts are placed in your jaw and eventually fuse with your existing bone tissue in a process called “osseointegration.”
Dental implant surgery is often the best option to replace missing teeth over dentures and dental bridges when a lack of natural tooth root doesn’t allow for the two latter options. When there’s no tooth root, there can be no dentures, and dental implant surgery will be required to replace missing teeth.
After a bond between the titanium root and the jawbone is achieved, a connector referred to as an “abutment” is connected to the dental implant. The abutment will support a dental crown, which will be custom-made to look and feel just like a beautiful, natural tooth. Dental implants may also be used to stabilize a partial denture or a dental bridge.
Local anesthesia will be given, and oral sedation may be offered to some patients. Your body’s ability to heal is crucial during the 3-6 month period needed for the implant to fuse with your jawbone. The better the fusion, the longer the implant will last. Your restorative dentist in Wilmington will explain how you can help ensure a long life for your implants.
A mini dental implant procedure is much less involved than conventional implants. There are no surgical flaps or sutures required, and the procedure can be done in one visit. Mini dental implants are less expensive than conventional dental implants, and there is less discomfort.