Need a Smile Refresh?

Mini dental implant

For centuries, humans have been looking for ways to replace missing teeth. Though George Washington’s infamous dentures were not in fact made of wood, there are records of wooden dentures being used in 16th century Japan. Our dear first president’s teeth were more likely made from some diabolical combination of animal teeth, human teeth,ivory, and porcelain. Today, we use acrylic resin for dentures, though new technology is even changing that technique for tooth replacement.

The truth is that we’re replacing far fewer teeth than we were even fifty years ago. In general, we are better at caring for our teeth. In 2010 alone, 79% of children between the ages of two and 17 had seen a dentist in the past year, setting them on the path to dental hygiene, and annually we spend about $1.4 billion just on tooth whitening. Still, sometimes things happen and a tooth or two needs replacing. Enter cosmetic dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed for patients without teeth, though some individuals with very damaged teeth opt to have their existing teeth pulled and replaced with implants. Basically, the process involves implantation of small fixtures into the gums that hold full, permanent tooth replacements that look, feel, and work like natural teeth.

What is the Dental Implant Procedure Like?

The first step patients undergo at a dental implant center is formulation of a treatment plan. This plan addresses specific needs of the individual patient. Next, the tooth root implant, a small titanium post, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Over the course of the next six to 12 weeks, the jawbone heals, growing around the implanted post and anchoring it into the jaw. Once the implant is bonded to the jawbone, the patient returns to the dental implant center and a small connector post is attached to hold the new tooth. The dentist makes impressions of the patient’s teeth and creates a model of his or her bite upon which the replacement tooth, called a crown, is based. This crown is attached to the abutment. Dental implants have a 98% success rate as long as they are properly cared for.

Types of Dental Implants

There are a few major types of dental implants. Mini dental implants, full dental implants, partial dental implants, and all on four dental implants are the ones we’ll discuss today.

Mini dental implants are typically used when only one tooth needs to be replaced. The implants themselves are only millimeters in size and are fairly non-invasive.

Full dental implants are less common types of dental implants and are used for patients who have no teeth at all. These implants typically support full arches of teeth instead of one tooth at a time.

Partial dental implants work much in the same way that partial bridges do. One or two implants might be used to support a network of three or four teeth instead of using one implant per crown.

All on four dental implants are full dental implants supporting two full bridges all on only four implants. The top gums would hold four implants supporting a full row of teeth and the bottom gums would do the same.

There are many types of dental implants designed to restore the appearance and functionality of teeth to those who have lost them. If you’re ready to think about dental implants, talk to your dentist today and start on the road to a better smile. This is a great source for more.

One Response to Need a Smile Refresh?

  1. Aaron Murphy says:

    Some places even offer same-day dental implants. It’s pretty incredible what technology allows.

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