Wake Forest Dentists Help You Understand Dental Implants

Wake Forest Dentists Help You Understand Dental Implants

A dental implant refers to an artificial root placed in your jaw so that it can hold a new bridge or replacement tooth. Such implants are a good choice offered by cosmetic dentists to patients who have lost teeth for any number of reasons.

Types of dental implants

  • Endosteal:┬áThe most common implant in oral surgery, this kind requires placing cylinders, screws or blades inside the jawbone so that the implant is capable of holding one or several prosthetic teeth. It’s often used for those who do not want or cannot get dentures or bridges.
  • Subperiosteal:┬áThese go on the jaw while metal posts go through the gums so that the prosthesis can be held. Such implants are common for those who have little bone height and cannot gain dentures.

Should you get implants?
The ideal oral surgery candidate here has good oral and general health. The jaw bone needs to be large enough to support an implant, and most candidates also have gum tissues without any periodontal disease.

What is the procedure like?
Although the cosmetic dentist will naturally do much of the work, it’s a full effort requiring yours and your periodontist’s attention. Both professionals should work with you to figure out the best place to put the implant. Depending on your condition and the kind of implant you’ll get, the periodontist will make a plan for treatment that matches your needs.

What happens after treatment?
All teeth require regular dental visits along with conscientious care at home to maintain good health. As dental implants are just like your other teeth, they are going to need the same basic care in order to stay health. In this case, it’s equally important to maintain good brushing and flossing habits. Once treatment is complete, you will have to work closely with a periodontist to ensure your implant is working well and that you’re taking care of it.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with us at any time to learn more about our implant procedures and treatment plan options.