At Hall Dental, we offer dental implants, small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. Our dentist will surgically place the post in the gums and jawbone, replacing the foundational support of the missing tooth’s crown. Once the post has been fused with the bone surrounding it, a crown will be placed on top to complete the restoration.
Once placed, the dental implant will provide sturdy support and stability for the dental crown. The implant will also help to prevent bone loss in the jaw that can occur when a tooth is lost or extracted. It can also help prevent deterioration of the jawbone due to the loss of stimulation from chewing.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. These implants are typically shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates and are made of biocompatible materials such as titanium. Endosteal implants provide a strong foundation for individual artificial teeth or other dental prostheses.
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants and are used when there is insufficient bone height or density to support traditional implants. Instead of being placed inside the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed on or above the jawbone but beneath the gum tissue. These implants consist of a metal framework with posts that protrude through the gums, allowing for the attachment of artificial teeth. Subperiosteal implants are less commonly used today as bone grafting techniques have advanced, providing more options for traditional implants.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Stability and Functionality
Dental implants provide a stable foundation for artificial teeth. The jawbone fuses with the titanium posts used in implant placement through osseointegration, creating a strong and durable base. This allows for secure and reliable support for replacement teeth, enabling normal biting, chewing, and speaking functions.
Dental implants can provide natural-looking results that closely resemble natural teeth. The replacement teeth, typically made of ceramic or porcelain, are custom-made to match your existing teeth's color, shape, and size, ensuring a seamless and harmonious smile. Implants also help preserve facial structure and prevent the sunken appearance that can occur with missing teeth.
Preservation of Jawbone
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone through chewing forces, helping to preserve bone density and maintain the shape and structure of the jaw. This can prevent further bone loss and support overall oral health.
If you want to learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth, contact Hall Dental at 1180 Resurgence Dr Ste 300, Watkinsville, GA 30677, or call (706) 549-8737. Our team of experts will work with you to find the best solution for your oral health needs and smile goals.