Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

As the world’s most popular choice for replacing missing or damaged teeth, dental implants have become the “go-to” method for completing one’s smile. Dental implants are a tooth replacement solution in the form of permanent dental prosthetics that look and function just like a natural tooth. The process for an implant procedure involves placing titanium screws into the root of a missing tooth, followed by the placement of a crown.

What Are They Made Of?

Implant dentistry has come a long way and continues to advance
In 1952, the switch was made to titanium posts, a technique pioneered by Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Titanium has been the primary method since for several reasons:

It is strong enough to withstand the pressure from chewing.
It is biocompatible so the body does not reject the metal.
Through osseointegration, the titanium fuses to the bone as it heals.

Can You Get a Full New Set of Teeth with Implants?

While it is possible to get a full new set of single dental implants as replacement teeth, it is a very costly procedure and is not often performed. By creating a new method that only replaces 4-6 teeth and attaches a bridge, dentists have significantly decreased the number of implants needed. All-on-X is the gold standard method for full mouth rehabilitation.

What Are the Different Types of Implants?

Endosteal Implants:

Endosteal implants are placed in the bone and designed to simulate the root of a tooth. Because they use titanium posts, these replacement teeth fuse to the bone and have a very high success rate.

Subperiosteal Implants:

Rather than a metal post, subperiosteal implants consist of metal frames that sit under the gums. These are much more painful than endosteal implants and have a higher failure rate.

Can You Get a Full New Set of Teeth with Implants?

While it is possible to get a full new set of replacement teeth with single dental implants, it is a very costly procedure and is not often performed. By creating a new method that only replaces 4-6 teeth and attaches a bridge, dentists have significantly decreased the number of implants needed. All-on-X is another standard method for successful smile rehabilitation.

Implants vs. Dentures

Removable dentures have been a popular choice for many dental patients. While more convenient in some aspects, dentures lack the stability to chew efficiently. Removable teeth are often more for spectacle rather than practicality. With improvements in implants, such as the titanium rod, implants have become the technology of the future and typically can last a lifetime.