Dental technology has been quickly advancing over the years. Now, there is an easier and quicker way for you to replace a missing tooth without the need to damage or compromise surrounding teeth. Dental implants are useful in that they are inserted deep into the bone of the jaw and given time to fuse with the bone itself. The implant then becomes a part of your body and can be used to hold crowns, fixed bridge work and even complete dentures.
Same-day implants are sometimes referred to as immediate load implants. This implants are placed and a temporary tooth is made for the implant on the same day. This prevents any spaces or gaps while the implant heals. The implant can still heal, but you feel better about your appearance and can eat, chew and function normally.
While titanium is often the go-to material for implants, some implants can be made out of zirconia. These bone white implants are more aesthetically pleasing, but they are often not as durable as titanium. Some people choose zirconia because of the clean, white finish of the implant’s post.
If you have smaller or thinner bone for the implant to be placed into, mini implants might be recommended to you. These implants are similar to the traditional kind, but they’re smaller in size. They require less drilling into the bone and are often quicker and easier to heal over the next few months.
If you wear dentures and are tired of them slipping and falling out all the time, it might be time to consider all-on-4s. This treatment involves strategically placing four individual implants into one or both jaws. The implants can then be used to snap onto a specially-made denture so that no adhesives or creams are required to keep it in place.
Traditional Titanium Implants
The majority of patients looking for implants simply want traditional titanium posts. Titanium has long been used in surgical procedures and it works well during the osseointegration (fusion) process. These implants can easily last for a few decades without showing any signs of disrepair. They are most commonly used with crowns, bridge work and even dentures to perfect patients’ smiles.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, call us today and we can get you in for a consultation appointment.