Did you know that three million people in the United States have dental implants? And that number is growing by half a million every year. Getting dental implants is now one of the safest dental surgeries you can have and, with new technology, it can be less costly and less time consuming than ever before.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots and are a way for your bone and jaw to stay intact and healthy when you have lost or damaged a tooth. By inserting a small titanium screw into the gum and jaw, you can have a solid foundation that a connector “abutment” and crown can be put on. The implant and abutment stabilize the crown in your jaw so it doesn’t shift or move, and thus makes it so your other teeth won’t move either.
Implants are made to feel and look natural so you can go back to functioning in a healthy dental lifestyle. And with new technologies that make them safe and convenient, they are more popular than ever. Other benefits include:
Dental implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We can help determine what one is best for you.
Endosteal: These are placed in the jaw and are the most common, consisting of small, titanium screws.
Subperiosteal: These are used only in certain instances because they go on top of or on the bone usually because of jaw damage that you don’t want to repair with a jaw bone procedure.
Implants only work well if they have a good foundation to work off of, which means a healthy jaw bone. Sometimes, due to diseases or other trauma, that’s not possible. But good news! There are procedures that can be done to help give your jaw more stability for an implant.
Bone additives and bone factors to build up the bone.
Adding bone to the sinus areas. This is usually when you have lost back teeth.
Adding more to your bone to make it wider when it is too narrow.
The reason implants have become such a great option for more people is because of the advancements in technology. With 3D imaging and planning software, you can now reduce the recovery time and money for the procedure. And with new ways to plan sites, you can ensure better accuracy than ever before.
The most popular implants are the ones that are permanent for one tooth. There are, however, others that may be a better option for you. They include:
In the end, implants and crowns can help you get back to your normal life. To learn more about your dental implant options in Knoxville, TN, contact us today! With payment options, they may be more affordable than you think.