Dental Implant FAQ's Marlton NJ
For those patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, are suffering from significant tooth loss, and are looking for a viable artificial tooth solution, dental implants could be the answer.
Many patients are nervous about the prospect of traditional dentures given that they slip and do not always appear like natural teeth. Some may have considered dental implants but are not sure how they work and if they are an improvement overdentures.
We are here to answer your questions and clarify what dental implants are and how they work. Contact our office at Periodontal Health Professionals to schedule an appointment and find out more.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
When looking at all options concerning artificial teeth, dental implants are a great alternative. They are made of three components which include the implant, an abutment, and the crown.
The implant is the piece that is screwed into the jawbone. It is the foundation and supportive structure upon which the remaining sections can be placed. The abutment is the second section which is screwed into the implant.
This provides the base for the final section which is known as the crown. This is the only section above the gumline. The crowns can be shaped and colored to match the way the patient's natural teeth look.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?
While the results are impressive, having dental implants placed does take a number of appointments. At the initial appointment, we can provide a full examination and assessment to create a treatment plan detailing how many office visits are necessary. In some cases, other procedures will need to be done first to prepare the mouth for the implants. These may include root canals, tooth extraction, or even grafts.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. They will not meet the needs of each individual. There needs to be a solid bone structure with enough mass to support the implants. The patient also needs to demonstrate a good history of proper dental hygiene.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?
The most widely used implant is known as an endosteal implant. These implants are embedded into the upper or lower jawbone allowing the gum tissue to heal over the top of it. When the healing process has completed, the abutment is then attached to the implant. It takes time to heal too, but once it has finished healing, the crown is placed. This can be as a single artificial tooth or as a full or partial denture.
The other type of implant is used if there is a lack of supportive bone structure. It is called a subperiosteal implant and uses a metal framework set atop the existing bone. Eventually, the framework fuses to the bone at which time the remaining components of the implant can be placed.
Contact Your Marlton, NJ Periodontist Today!
While those procedures may sound involved, they are quite simple to perform and the end results will be more than satisfactory to our patients. For those who still have questions or concerns, or who might be ready to get the process started, please contact us today at Periodontal Health Professionals. We are also available by phone at (856) 702-4340. Our office is always here for you.