Periodontics And Dental Implants

By: Mel Joelle

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a tooth or teeth because of periodontal disease or an injury should consider dental implants to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are surgically embedded metallic anchors in the jawbone that support dental replacements of either a crown for one tooth or dentures for a full set of replacement teeth. Dental implant surgery will benefit patients because of the improvements in appearance while at the same time retaining the functionality of natural teeth. Results include preservation of facial structure, improved self-esteem and self-confidence. Long-term studies demonstrate the success of lifetime lasting dental implants.

Dental implants allow a tooth or teeth to be replaced without affecting neighboring teeth. They also provide secure and comfortable support for dentures. There are two types of dental implants. Endosteal (in the bone) uses screws, cylinders or blades that are implanted in the bone to hold prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal (on the bone) dental implants are inserted on top of the jaw. The prosthesis rest upon metal framework posts inserted through the bone.

After the dental implant is placed in the patient’s jaw, the passage of two to six months allows the implant and the bone to bond together to form an anchor for the artificial tooth or teeth. A temporary tooth replacement option protects the implant site during this waiting period. Sometimes a second step of the procedure will uncover the implant and the attachment of a small metal post, or abutment, will extend the foundation for the new tooth. However, some one-stage implant systems omit this second step by using an implant already equipped with the extension piece. The dentist will create a replacement tooth or crown and attach it to the abutment. The dental implant resembles the original tooth and does not interfere with smiling, chewing, or speaking.

Crowns protect a cracked tooth, restore the chewing capability of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. The all-ceramic crowns made from either zirconia or aluminous materials surround the damaged original tooth. The metal-free esthetic option inserts the crown in tight spaces between natural teeth. The elimination of the metal core reduces the thickness of the material and permits light to travel through the porcelain to give the replacement crown improved optical and life-like properties.

The best candidates for dental implants have maintained good general and oral health. These individuals possess jawbones that will support the implant and the gum tissues are healthy and free of periodontal disease. Dental implants connect with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Periodic follow-up dental visits and at-home oral care insures the health of the dental implant, teeth and gums.

Periodontists have the special knowledge, training, facilities and experience working with other dental professionals to find the perfect solution for their patients seeking the restorative treatment of dental implants. Patients seeking more information about dental implants should immediately Contact Midway Square Dental at for an appointment concerning a professional periodontist consultation regarding the best implant care and treatment plan.

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