Dental implants are the most common treatment option for missing teeth. It is an artificial tooth root inserted into the jawbone to hold a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like the real thing.
It consists of three sections: the implant device, the abutment, and the overlaying crown or denture. The implant device is inserted directly into the bone and is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible, lightweight, and durable material. Titanium has a unique property of fusing directly to the bone, known as osseointegration. The abutment connects the appliance to the outer part, which is the crown or denture, to give you a great looking and long lasting set of new teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, two kinds of dental implants are safe:
- Endosteal implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Usually, these are shaped like screws, cylinders or plates. Endosteal implants are commonly used as an alternative for patients with dental bridges or removable dentures.
- Subperiosteal implants are inserted under the gum above the jawbone with posts protruding through the gums to hold the prosthetics. These are ideal for patients with shallow jawbone.
New Albany dentist Dr. Receveur is an expert in creating special treatment plans customized for your needs. He offers various dental options like replacing a single tooth, implants for multiple teeth, bone augmentation to hold implants, and more.
Candidates for dental implants should have healthy natural bone to support implants. Some people suffer from bone insufficiency due to gum diseases, tooth development defects, long period of wearing dentures, injuries, and even gaps created by missing teeth.
Bone augmentation is a technique that can rebuild bone and restore your natural jaw line. This can be done through bone grafts, sinus lifts or sinus augmentation and ridge expansion or ridge modification.
Dr. Receveur performs dental implants, mini-implants, removable or snap-on teeth and the One Day Smile Solution with the help of high-tech equipment and modern technologies that deliver precise and accurate treatment.