Here Are the Type of Dental Implants We Use to Replace Teeth

Posted on: September 28, 2017

Dental ImplantsModern dental implants take advantage of technology to create a seamless and beautiful support for your new tooth. Using techniques and materials to form a better bond with the teeth allows us to give you a tooth that looks, feels, and acts like a natural tooth. One significant advantage that we have is the use of titanium to make the implants themselves.

Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw bone will actually grow around the titanium implant for effective integration. To augment this kind of biointegration, we actually coat some implants with hydroxyapatite, which is a naturally occurring substance in the bone. The introduction of hydroxyapatite adds an entirely new dimension to a method of replacing teeth that are already deeply engaged in fusing the dental implant with your natural bone.

Dental Implants are a modern solution

Integration, for dental implants, takes on many forms and is facilitated by a number of ways. For example, there are a number of different surfaces and textures to the dental implant itself. By selecting the right kind of surface, we can ensure a much more seamless process. Some of the surfaces that are available are plasma-sprayed, acid-etched, grit-blasted, and hydroxyapatite-coated.

There are also several different types of implants that we use for different situations. The most important factor in choosing which implant is right for the patient is the amount of bone mass in the patient’s jaw. For some people, it is better to use the bone immediately under the site of a crown replacement. For other people, the dental implant needs to be in bone that is slightly heavier, typically near the wisdom teeth in the back of the mouth.

Other options

When a person does not have a bone structure that can withstand the impact of an implant, we use a different kind of implant that most people have come to traditionally expect. Known as a Ramus-Frame implant, these dental implants span the entire mouth. It is anchored in the back of the mouth, near the wisdom teeth, and near the chin. A thin metal strip is left on the surface, which allows us to then connect the bridge or dentures to it. A Ramus-Frame implant helps to stabilize the jaw and can prevent it from fracturing while still providing a means for false teeth to be installed.

More traditionally, we will use a root-form implant that we implant directly into the bone underneath the gum where we plan on placing the false tooth or crown. Also known as an endosseous implant, these depend upon fusing with the bone for their strength and stability. In order for this kind of a dental implant to be successful, the bone has to have virtually no loss and be relatively strong. The installation is a two-step process that often takes several months while the body adjusts to the implant before proceeding to the next phase. When you visit our dental office, San Marcos Family Dentistry Dr. Gene Milligan will review the options with you after examining your teeth.


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