Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Dental implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the dental implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Anterior Replacement
- Posterior Replacement
- Full Upper Replacement
Types of Dental Implants
There are three main types of implants:
- The root implant
- The plate form implant
- The subperiosteal implant
Dental Implants Procedure
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 plate form implant is long and thin, unlike the root implant, and anchors into thin jawbones. It is inserted the same way as a root implant. In certain cases, the plate form implant is immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the healing process to run its course.
The subperiosteal implant is used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support a permanent implant.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants at Nease & Higginbotham Orthodontics are safe. We would never suggest an unsafe treatment to our patients.
We use dental implant materials that are biocompatible, meaning they won’t elicit a toxic response in the human body. Our dental implants procedure is extremely precise and gentle. We ensure that our patients experience as much comfort as possible, before, during, and after the procedure.
When you choose us for your dental implants, you are choosing a minimal-risk dental implants procedure. If you have any questions or would like some more information about dental implants, give us a call at (864) 579-7700, or request an appointment at any of our five locations.