Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are attached to your jawbone. At Spera Dental, they are like permanent teeth that are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Implants are appropriate for patients who are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth in their upper or lower jaw.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants consist of a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone. The titanium screw is then covered with a metal abutment and a crown. The implant will bond with the bone in a process called osseointegration. The entire dental implant process can take anywhere from three to eight months.
Endosteal implants are the most commonly used dental implants because they provide both stability and strength. They also are one of the easiest types of dental implants to care for.
Subperiosteal implants are most commonly used for patients who lack bone volume in the jaw. Subperiosteal implants are attached on top of the jawbone, rather than directly to the jaw.
Subperiosteal implants can be used to replace a single tooth. Patients who have poor jawbone quality or volume may require a subperiosteal implant rather than other dental restoration methods.
Transosteal implants are secured directly to the jawbone. These implants are surgically implanted into the jaw, much like traditional implants. However, unlike traditional implants, these dental implants are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone.
All-on-4 dental implants are also known as “teeth replacement in a day.” As the name suggests, the procedure involves placing four dental implants in the dentist’s office. The All-on-4 dental implant procedure is advantageous because it provides a permanent set of teeth on the same day.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are an alternative to standard dental implants for patients who have lost a lower tooth. Mini dental implants are used on patients who do not have enough bone density to support standard dental implants, or who are unwilling to go through an invasive bone grafting procedure.
Mini dental implants are smaller than standard dental implants and are often made of titanium. The cost of mini dental implants is usually lower than that of standard dental implants, due to the smaller size.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are among the most effective tooth replacement methods. Dental implants are sturdy and permanent, and they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Not to mention, they can help prevent further tooth loss by preserving your jaw and preventing bone deterioration.
Visit Spera Dental at 5190 E. Farness Drive, Suite 102, Tucson, AZ 85712, or call (520) 323-3241 to learn more about the advantages of dental implants.