Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements which provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full upper replacement
Types of Implants
- The Root Implant—by far, the most popular—is the most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient's natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the patient's original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed, and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.
- The Plate Form Implant is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant.
- The Subperiosteal Implant is used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support an implant.