What are Dental Implants?
Are you wondering what are dental implants? Dental implants (also called an “endosseous implant” or “endosseous fixture”) is a surgical procedure that connects a dental prosthetic such as a bridge or denture to the jawbone. You could think of dental implants as artificial roots and teeth that are permanently implanted in the patient’s mouth. Dental bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth.Titanium dental implants are often the best solution for people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth as a result of periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Modern dental implants are usually made out of titanium cylinders and calcium phosphate. Titanium dental implants form an intimate bond to the bone of the upper or lower jaw. Bone grows around the tooth implant to make it as secure as your natural teeth. With dental implants, the dentures sit comfortably on the gum tissue and are able to withstand significant natural force and pressure of chewing and biting.
Today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The structure and design of today’s titanium dental implants promote quick healing and long lasting results. Tooth implants are very durable, strong and stable and will last many years, even decades. But occasionally they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) have revolutionized implant dentistry. Traditional full dental implant placement requires surgery and multiple visits to the dentist. But mini dental implants eliminate the need for surgery. We are now able to place anchors using one noninvasive treatment. Mini implants are a beautiful solution for those who are hesitant to have invasive dental surgery since they only require one noninvasive treatment.
Mini implants are also a viable solution for patients with extensive bone loss. Up to four mini implants may be implanted in one session and allow us more flexibility depending upon the quality and density of the available jawbone. Mini dental implants are most commonly used to stabilize a lower denture but may be placed anywhere in the mouth.
Mini implants are also much more cost effective than full-sized implants which can be expensive to place especially when multiple visits are required.
Koch Park Dental can both place and restore dental implants if you are in the St Louis area, from Florissant to Chesterfield MO! We also offer the All-On-4 (teeth in a day) and other implant supported dentures. Contact us to find out if you might be a good candidate for titanium dental implants.