Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root made up of a titanium metal cylinder or frame that is surgically implanted into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or to support a bridge. There are two different types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants are the most common type which are surgically placed in the jawbone using screws or cylinders. Subperiosteal implants are those inserted on top of the jawbone but underneath the gum tissue and consists of a titanium metal framework. Endosteal implants are used for patients with bridges or removable dentures while subperiosteal are designed for patients with minimal bone height who cannot wear dentures.
With the most common type of dental implant procedure, a tiny cylinder made of titanium is surgically inserted into the bone. Over a period of weeks, the bone will fuse around the implant, which slows the progression of bone loss caused by the missing tooth. Fusing also makes sure that the implant does not move in your mouth. Then, your dentist will place a crown above the titanium metal cylinder to give you a natural-looking smile. If this replacement tooth wears down over time, your dentist can easily replace it without causing any damage or stress to the surrounding structures.
The cost associated with dental implants varies depending on how many teeth require replacement. Before you discuss pricing, Dr. Monica Muñoz will check the health of your gums and bones to ensure that they can support the implant. Even once you get the implants placed, it’s imperative that you practice oral hygiene to preserve the quality of the implant, bone, and your remaining natural teeth.
To learn more about dental implants offered at Dr. Monica Muñoz, DDS in Monrovia, California, call the office today.
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