Any type of tooth can be replaced by a dental implant. Dental implants are incredibly versatile when it comes to providing sturdy bases to which restorations and prosthetics can be attached.
Even though a dental implant can theoretically replace any kind of tooth, a skilled oral surgeon or dentist will need to be incredibly familiar with implant dentistry and the intricacies of oral anatomy to ensure the best possible outcome.
How does a dental implant work?
Receiving a dental implant is one of two major components associated with the tooth replacement process. The implant is embedded into the jawbone and over time, the bone surrounding it will integrate to its structure. Bone integrating to the dental implant is what holds it in place during oral function.
Bone supports dental implants the same way it supports biological teeth. Once an implant is deemed stable by an oral healthcare provider, a person will receive their permanent restoration/prosthetic. For single tooth replacement, dental crowns are attached to abutments on implants. Bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures can be attached to dental implants when people endure multiple or total tooth loss.
What do dental implants look like?
The implant itself is a small titanium component that is shaped like a cylinder with one tapered end. They feature ridges, similar to those found on a screw. Dental implants are quite small and do come in various diameters to accommodate the diverse needs of patients.
What can be attached to dental implants?
The most common restoration attached to implants is a dental crown. A dental crown perfectly addresses the loss of a tooth’s visible structure and biting surfaces. When people need more than one tooth replaced, an oral surgeon may recommend attaching bridges or dentures to a series of strategically placed dental implants.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, consider reserving an implant dentistry consultation at our practice. During your visit, we will perform an oral examination and take X-rays to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates today to schedule an appointment.