Dental implants are screw-like metallic posts that are inserted in the place of the root canal over which an artificial tooth crown can be fixed. An abutment connects the crown and dental implant. Dental implant surgery is performed to replace the severely damaged tooth or fill the missing teeth gap. They are alternatives to root canal therapy, dentures, and bridgework. Dental implant surgery differs for each person depending upon the type of implant, jawbone condition, and overall health condition.
Why Do You Need Dental Implants?
You might need a dental implant for multiple reasons, including:
- Replacement of the missing teeth
- For severely damaged or infected root canals that cannot be treated by root canal therapy
- As an alternative to dentures, dental bridges, or root canal therapy
Types Of Dental Implants
There are two types of implants:
- Endosteal Implants: This implant is inserted directly into the jaw bone. They are made up of titanium as titanium fuses with the bone easily through a process called osseointegration
- Subperiosteal Implant: The dental implants are placed below the gum but on or above the jawbone. It is not inserted into the jawbone. This is done for patients who don’t have a healthy jawbone and don’t want to undergo a bone augmentation process in which bone is regenerated so that endosteal implants can be inserted.
Results with Dental Implants
The success rate of implant surgery is over 98% with an excellent prognosis and patient acceptability as it is the only method to preserve your jawbone.