Dental Implants - What Are They?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Dental implants require a consultation and treatment that is performed by a qualified dental professional. They can help you determine if this is the right course of action for your teeth goals. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants from Dr. Bob Vaught and Dr. Kate Vaught at Vaught Orthodontics

Dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth because implants fuse to your jawbone. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth. This is very important to ensure comfort and that eating and speaking aren’t a challenge.

To receive implants, it is crucial that you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. By getting implants, you also need to make a commitment to keeping these structures healthy. Impeccable oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are the keys to success.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post, either individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture. 

  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts. 

Dental implants are not simple. They are a big deal and a major commitment. Be sure to consult a dental professional before seeking to get dental implants. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.