As dental implants continue to become more popular and affordable, more people have come to prefer them over other options like crowns, bridges, and dentures. If you have a broken or a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be the best option for you. There are different types of implants, but they all have one thing in common: they feel like and resemble real teeth, and unlike dentures, they are cared for by flossing and brushing, just as real teeth are. At Dental Center of Norcross, our dental clinicians will help you achieve a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a fixture placed into the jawbone through oral surgery and allowed to fuse with the bone over time. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and a crown that fits on top of the implant. Dental implants can mimic natural teeth so perfectly that it can be hard to tell them apart from the real thing.
Types of Implants
These are the most common types of implants, and they have been shown to suit most patients. Endosteal implants require a significant amount of healthy bone for the titanium post to fuse into. They also require some time for the screw-like titanium post to fuse with the jaw and create a stronghold. Once the bone has healed, your dentist fits the crown onto the post.
This type of implant is a common alternative to endosteal implants. The main difference between endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants is that the latter is not installed into the jawbone but instead rest on the bone, just under the gum. Your dentist places a metal frame below the gum and then affixes the crown on to it.
While it’s crucial to have a healthy jawbone to install endosteal implants, it is not necessarily a requirement in zygomatic implants, which are fixed onto the cheekbone instead of the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are among the most complex dental implant procedures. For someone who lacks enough jawbone and doesn’t want to go through a bone grafting process, zygomatic implants may be ideal.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
At Dental Center of Norcross, we will evaluate your oral health and determine if you are eligible to undergo a dental procedure. We will then determine, in consultation with you, which types of implants are right for you. Some of the common factors that come into consideration include:
When you lose a tooth, the area of bone where the tooth was anchored begins to deteriorate. To receive dental endosteal implants, you will need a certain amount of bone to fuse with implants. Using imaging technologies, the clinicians at the Dental Center of Norcross will assess your bone quantity and develop a personalized bone grafting treatment if you lack the required amount.
Dental implants are best suited to adults whose bones have fully developed. Children may need to wait until their bone structure has fully developed.
Dental implants require oral surgery. This means that if you suffer from conditions that may complicate your surgery and the healing process, you may not be viable for dental implants.
Learn More About Dental Implants at Dental Center of Norcross
At Dental Center of Norcross, our dentists can help you replace your missing or damaged tooth or teeth with the most appropriate dental implant. In addition to dental implants, we offer a variety of general and specialty services, including:
If you or a loved one is dealing with the inconveniences of missing teeth, it is best to consult with a dentist to find the type of implants that best suit you. Call Dental Center of Norcross at 678.504.6422 today or reach out to us online to learn more about our specialty services.