A dental implant is an artificial root for a replacement tooth or bridge. It is placed in the jaw to hold the tooth or bridge in place. They are an option for people who have lost teeth through an accident or injury or because of periodontal disease.
There are two types of dental implants: Endosteal (in the bone) and subperiosteal (on the bone) implants. Endosteal is the most commonly used type, and is surgically placed on the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are often used with patients who do not have enough height to their jawbone.
Dental implants are very successful with a 98% success rate and with proper care should last a lifetime. There are many advantages to getting dental implants including:
- – Permanent improvement in appearance and self-esteem
- – Improved comfort
- – Easier, pain-free eating
- – Improved speech
- – Better oral hygiene
Most people that have undergone the procedure for dental implants say that they experience very little pain. Any discomfort after the fact can be treated with over the counter medication such as Tylenol. The total healing process for the procedure is about six to twelve weeks.
After completion, care for implants is the same as care for real teeth: brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups with the dentist.