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Understanding the Field of Dental Implantology
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Dental implants are regarded as the de-facto standard for prosthetic teeth. These surgical fixtures in the jawbone offer benefits and performance that dentures and dental bridges do not. The dental implant takes the place of the root of the tooth, and serves as a holder for the artificial tooth.
Why are Dental Implants the Preferred Option?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or all the teeth. Since implants are supported by bone, and not by adjacent teeth, they are easier to clean and help maintain the shape and structure of the jawline. Factors that influence the choice of dental implants as a replacement method include the location of the gap in the jawline, the medical history of the subject, cost, and the amount of bone present in the jawbone.
The strength of the jawbone is a critical factor, and is assessed through CT scans and X-rays. The procedures are carried out under local anesthesia. If additional bone has to be grafted, then depending on the circumstances, the choice could be a cadaver or synthetic bone, or bone from the subject's chin. The time for recovery from a bone graft may go up to nine months, depending on the procedure, site of graft, and the age of the subject.
The Different Types of Dental Implants
There are two traditionally used dental implants, namely endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is drilled into the bone, whereas a subperiosteal implant is placed under the gum tissue. Endosteal implants are the most common alternative.
If you're considering a dental implant, then the sooner you make up your mind about going through with it, the better it will be for your health because bone loss in the jawbone happens rapidly. Let us help make the right decision with respect to the dental implants, the costs involved, and the right way to about the procedure for best results and smooth recovery. Get in touch with us today.
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