Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth roots that are made from titanium. The implant acts as an anchor for the replacement tooth, holding the new tooth firmly in place. At Millpond Family Dental, dental implants are placed as a preferred permanent solution that can last for a lifetime with proper care. They are a particularly excellent option for patients who have lost a tooth due to an injury or periodontal disease. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants look and function like natural teeth, so patients can smile, talk, and eat with confidence.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implant posts work as artificial tooth roots. This metal post is surgically placed directly into the jawbone, where the bone bonds with it. This bond forms a strong foundation for a replacement tooth, which will be placed on top of the metal post. In this way, implants not only help restore your ability to eat and speak, they also prevent jawbone deterioration that commonly occurs after tooth loss.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal Dental Implants Endosteal implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. The jawbone will fuse with the titanium implants, creating a strong, durable hold. The implants can then hold dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
Subperiosteal dental implants have a metal framework that rests on top of the jawbone. This type of implant has special posts that protrude through the gums. These posts will bond with the bone over several months.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are a type of implant that is often used to stabilize a removable prosthesis such as dentures. They are significantly smaller than standard dental implants, and can usually be placed in one quick and easy procedure. The mini implant is much smaller than a standard dental implant and is shaped like a small cylinder. Many people prefer mini implants because they are easier and less expensive to place.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants are a type of implant procedure that provides a permanent set of replacement teeth. The All-on-4 technique provides a permanent set of replacement teeth using only four implants. The implants are surgically placed in your jawbone and used to support a permanent, full-arch denture.
All-On-6 Dental Implants
All-on-6 dental implants are one option to replace an entire arch of teeth. They are typically used when there are no teeth left in the upper or lower jaw. Although the name may sound complicated, the process is simple. First, six dental implants are placed. Then, the teeth are replaced with a permanent full denture. This denture is anchored to four to six dental crowns and fills the space left by the missing teeth. All-on-6 dental implants are typically used when there are no teeth left in the upper or lower jaw. These implants are a good option for those who are missing an entire arch of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been in use for several decades, and have evolved to become a reliable, effective, and safe method for replacing missing teeth. Unlike traditional restorations like bridges and removable dentures, dental implants are securely anchored directly into the jawbone. This allows them to restore both the form and function of missing teeth and prevent bone degeneration in the jaw. Visit Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd. STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544 to find out how dental implants are an excellent choice for you.