What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

What are dental implants?

Vassey Dental Partners offers dental implants in Peachtree City, Ga. Dental implants are the most popular solution to replace missing teeth, but many patients in need of dental implants want to know exactly what is going into their mouths. In short, a dental implant consists of three parts: the post, the abutment, and the crown. The post is usually a titanium cylinder inserted into the gum area above the missing tooth that connects to the jawbone and serves as a substitute for the tooth’s root. The abutment is placed on the post and attaches the replacement tooth to the implant. The replacement tooth is also known as the crown— a prosthetic tooth that is custom-made to match your natural teeth.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are superior to other tooth replacement options because the implant connects directly to the jawbone. Fixed bridgework or dentures can cause damage to your jawbone. The jawbone no longer feels the pressure of chewing and will deteriorate over time because artificial dentures aren’t connected to the jawbone. Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, stimulating bone tissue and gums and keeping your natural facial structure intact.

What is the cost of dental implants, and how long do dental implants last?

The average cost of dental implants is between $3,000 and $5,000, but they often prove to be the most cost-effective solution to tooth replacement over the long term because they don’t require a lot of maintenance. How long dental implants last depends on how well the patient takes care of their teeth and how healthy their jawbone is. Patients with healthy jawbones who clean and floss their teeth regularly can expect their implants to last a lifetime. The crown, however, may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

What are the types of dental implants?

Dental implants have different types of coating and connectors and come in different sizes. Endosteal implants are the most popular dental implants. The implant’s post is a screw placed into the gum after drilling into the jawbone. The soft tissue and bone around the root will usually take two months to heal after the procedure, and the new teeth cannot be connected until healing has taken place. Endosteal implants are usually the best choice for patients with strong, healthy jawbones.

For people with a short or narrow jawbone, a subperiosteal implant may be the best option. Whereas endosteal implants are fixed into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed on the jawbone within the gum tissue. The implant consists of a metal frame with an attached post that is exposed through the gums to hold the denture. Over time the gum will heal around the frame to hold it in place. Treatment with these implants is a far shorter process than endosteal implants, but they provide less structure and stability.

A third option that is relatively recent, though far less common, is the zygomatic implant. It’s the most complex procedure, and like the subperiosteal implant, it’s only for patients with insufficient jawbones for endosteal implants. The zygomatic implant is placed into the patient’s cheekbone rather than the jawbone, and they are among the best options for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper jaw. Because they are inserted into the cheekbone, they are significantly longer than endosteal implants and act as suspenders that keep teeth in place. One of the benefits of zygomatic implants is that patients don’t have to wait through the healing process before the artificial teeth are attached. The new teeth can be immediately connected to the implant during the procedure.

Schedule a consultation for your implants

Vassey Dental Partners provides cosmetic dentistry services in Peachtree City, GA. We go through a detailed process of getting to know you and discovering the best dental implant plan for you. To start your consultation on whether dental implants are right for you and to experience the best restorative dental care in Peachtree City, GA, give us a call today!