Hallsville residents ask, “What is a tooth implant?”
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It provides a solid foundation for the permanent replacement of one or several teeth. Mimicking the natural anatomy and structure of teeth, implants are embedded in the jawbone. Implants have been widely available for decades, and they have an exceptional record of success and safety.
Types of implants
- Root-form: This is the most common type of implant, and it is similar to a tooth root in size. The actual implant is a tiny, hollow cylinder, which is surgically placed in the jawbone. It acts as a housing for a small connector, called an abutment. The final restoration is held in place by the abutment.
- Ramus-frame implant: This type of implant consists of a frame, which is secured near the back of the jaw. It may be used when there is insufficient bone mass, and grafting is not an option.
- Mini-implants: These are similar to root-form implants in shape, but they are much smaller. Additionally, mini-implants are solid (rather than hollow) and the abutment is attached. They are typically used to support full dentures.
Types of restorations
One of the many benefits of dental implants is the flexibility of treatment. Because an implant is essentially a foundation, it can be used to support various types of restorations, allowing each patient to receive a customized solution. The most common restorations used with implants include:
- Crowns – This type of dental crown is a single false tooth, designed to fit on a dental implant. This is usually the recommended solution for a person missing just one tooth. A series of crown-topped implants can be used to replace several teeth.
- Bridges – Unlike traditional dental bridges, these appliances are not supported by natural teeth. They are comprised of a series of crowns (false teeth), and attached to dental implants. The design and configuration of an implant-supported bridge is highly customizable, depending on the number and location of missing teeth.
- Dentures – Just a few implants can provide the stability that many denture wearers find unattainable by other means. Implants are especially popular with lower dentures, which are more difficult to secure due the lack of surface area preventing suction from forming.
If you are looking for an advanced solution to tooth loss, call 903.708.6116 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruyere. His practice is located in Longview, TX, convenient to Hallsville and other area communities.