Are You a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Dental Implant

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Dental implants are classified as medical devices. Nearly all such devices consist of three parts. First, there is an artificial tooth root in the form of a metal post that is implanted into a patient’s jaw. An extension is then affixed to that. Then, a crown (artificial tooth) is affixed to an extension of the post. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, dental implants could be an effective and satisfactory option for patients who have lost one or more teeth who don’t want to wear dentures.

Endosteal Implants

By far, these are the most common types of dental implants that are used today. They are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. Endosteal implants often replace bridges or dentures. As there are different types of Endosteal implants, a dental implants Georgetown professional is in the best position to recommend which type should be used on a specific patient.

The Endosteal Procedure

The patient is first evaluated to determine whether he or she has a sufficiently healthy and dense jawbone for this type of implant. Assuming so, a hole is drilled into the patient’s jawbone for implantation of an artificial root. Titanium is used for this purpose because the bone will grow around it without rejecting it. Then, the patient will wait a few months while the tissue and bone at the site of the artificial root heal. After sufficient healing, the prosthetic tooth is affixed to the artificial root.

Subperiosteal Implants

As opposed to endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are situated on top of the jaw and affixed to the soft tissue of the gum with metal posts. Subperiosteal implants offer less stability than endosteal implants. They’re typically used on that minority of patients who can’t wear dentures and don’t have sufficient bone density for endosteal implant posts. A professional who works with dental implants Cedar Park-located can examine you and advise you on whether one or more subperiosteal implants are a suitable alternative for you.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?

The jaw of a suitable candidate for one or more dental implants must have stopped growing. He or she must have healthy gums and have sufficient bone to anchor one or more endosteal implants if those will be used. If a patient has lost some bone in their jaw, he or she might still be a suitable candidate for subperiosteal implants. Take note that there are certain risk factors too like diabetes, cancer, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or gum disease.

Our patients enjoy a high success rate with their dental implants. Some have even referred friends, family, and co-workers. Contact us for an examination and consultation about any questions that you might have about dental implants. We’ll be pleased to advise you on your full range of options.