What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Posted by Columbia View Dental on Jan 18 2022, 09:09 AM

A Dental Implant is a metal device that replaces the root of a missing tooth. A synthetic tooth or tooth crown would be positioned on an extension of the dental implant, giving you a prosthetic that feels like a real tooth. Columbia View Dental is here to help you with implants and other dental-related conditions.

Why Dental Implants?

  • Feels real and comfortable
  • Higher success rate
  • Comfortable for chewing and eating
  • Lower risk of a cavity developing
  • Decreases sensitivity issues in nearby teeth
  • No need to be taken out and cleaned every night
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Keeps adjacent teeth stable and strong
  • Can help prevent gum disease, facial sagging, and premature aging

Types of Dental Implants

A dental implant is composed of a screw-like device that is inserted into the jawbone and an abutment that looks like an anchor for the crown. Dental implants come in two types: endosteal and subperiosteal. Consult with your dentist at Columbia View Dentistry and learn about the different treatment options suitable for you.

Endosteal Implants 

Endosteal implants are the most common types of dental implants. Embedded in the jawbone, these implants can hold the artificial teeth in place. 

During the initial surgery, the dental surgeon will cut open your gum to expose your jawbone. Then, they will drill holes in the bone and implant endosteal posts there. After the surgery, proper oral hygiene will be needed along with your prescribed medicines.

Your jawbone will grow around the implant and fuse with it through a process called osseointegration. Then, the abutment will be placed and, about two weeks following abutment placement, your dental crown will be placed.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are placed on the top of the jawbone deeply into the gum. They are usually used on those who don't have much bone density in their jawbone.

Basics Steps in Dental Implant

  • Soft tissue reflection
  • Drilling at high speed
  • Drilling at low speed
  • Placement of the implant
  • Tissue adaptation

Healing TIme

The following could affect your recovery time:

  • The number of teeth is extracted and implanted
  • Your oral health and bone health
  • If your procedure requires bone grafting
  • Individual differences

Columbia View Dental is dedicated to providing you with safe, effective, and quality treatment. Contact us today at (541)296-5677 to find out more about dental implants and other treatments we offer. Get all your questions about dental implants answered at Columbia View Dental, 1915 E 19th St, The Dalles, OR, 97058. Don't wait, Get your professional treatments done with us today.

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