Dental Implant FAQ
Grand Junction, CO
Dental implants may seem daunting but in fact, they are quite common in today’s world of restorative dental procedures. The stigma associated with widespread tooth loss and gum disease can be averted by undergoing dental implant placement. Traditional dentures can seem a bit clunky and are unable to provide the security of permanently affixed artificial teeth the way dental implants can. Please, reach out to us to find out more at our office located at JP Dental & Implant Center. We are always available to answer your questions.
Details About Dental Implants
When evaluating the available options, patients should make sure to give strong consideration to dental implants. The three components making up a dental implant include the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is the portion secured directly into the jawbone. The abutment is then screwed into the implant to provide a strong foundation for the final piece which is known as the crown. The crown is a portion that is visible to the eye and can be tinted, shaped, and sized to match the remaining natural teeth within the patient’s mouth.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Patients need to realize it will take many appointments to complete the dental implant placement. Although many patients might be hesitant to dedicate so much time to the procedure, they will not be disappointed. The results are incredibly rewarding. The first appointment will involve the removal of any decayed teeth and removal of any diseased tissue remaining. The implants will become fused with the existing bone structure of the patient and once completely healed will feel and act like natural teeth.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants. They need to have a healthy oral health regiment and substantial bone structure to support the implants. If there is not enough bone structure, grafting may be needed to provide an adequate base for the implants.
Types of Dental Implants
The most widely utilized implant, the endosteal implant is embedded in either the upper or lower jawbone. Following the implant placement, the patient will heal, allowing the gums to enclose over the implant. When we have assessed that the healing is complete, the patient will come back for the abutment placement. This generally requires the gum tissue to be opened to allow for easy access. Once the abutment has been completely healed, either a single crown or a set of artificial teeth can be anchored to the implant.
The second kind of implant is known as a subperiosteal implant which is different from an endosteal implant in that it is not embedded into the jawbone. This is one alternative when the patient does not have enough underlying bone structure. It also does not require them to have bone grafts to rebuild lost bone mass. In this method, a framework is built and placed over the bones of the jaw. It eventually fuses to the bone at which point it can be used as an anchor for appliances.
Schedule an Appointment
There is a lot to think about with implants. We are here to answer your questions as JP Dental & Implant Center. For an appointment call us at (970) 243-2025.