What Are Dental Implants
A dental implant is a metal post or screw that acts as a prosthetic tooth root for replacement teeth or a bridge. Because the implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone, it won’t come loose the way dentures might. Dental implants can also spare the health of your surrounding teeth since they do not have to be anchored or supported by them. At Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry we regularly perform dental implant procedures for our patients with missing or inadequate teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
If you are considering implants, we invite you to call our Peoria, AZ office at (623) 562-5230 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll speak with Dr. Mettler or Dr. Griego about the health of your gums and jaw bones. For a dental implant to be successful, you must have adequate bone structure in place to support the implant. If the jaw bone is too thin or soft, we may suggest a bone graft. If there is not enough bone height in your upper jaw or your sinuses are too close to the jaw, Dr. Mettler or Dr. Griego may perform a sinus lift.
Once we are certain of a good stable base, we can perform the dental implant procedure. The metal screws will be surgically implanted and eventually fuse to your jawbone. Your new implant will also provide stimulation and stability for your jaw bone. Without tooth roots, the jaw will eventually weaken and deteriorate, but your implant replaces those lost roots. Also, alternative tooth replacements like bridges and dentures can harm your remaining natural teeth. Fixed bridges require your adjacent, healthy teeth to be cut to support them. Partial dentures require other teeth to hold them in place, and those teeth can be severely weakened by ordinary chewing.
Dental implants, unlike dentures, behave like natural teeth and will not slip or shift in your mouth. Crowns attached to implants are custom made from impressions taken at one of your previous appointments. Your crowns will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, and no one need ever know you’ve had a restoration. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), dental implants have a 97% long-term success rate.
Types of Dental Implants
During your consultation with Dr. Mettler or Dr. Griego, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss which type of dental implant is right for you. The American Dental Association considers two types to be safe. The first kind, called “endosteal implants” are implanted directly into your jawbone. After your gums have healed, you’ll return to our office for a second surgery in which a post is connected to the original implant and your restorations secured. The second type is called “subperiosteal implants.” These implants consist of a metal frame that is fixed onto your jawbone just below the gumline. Posts attached to the frame will protrude through the gums, and as with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are them mounted to the posts.
If you think you think dental implants could be right for you, call us today at (623) 562-5230 to schedule your consultation.