A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw for the purpose of holding a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are most commonly used for people who have lost teeth due to injury or disease. If you are missing a tooth due to gum disease or injury, or you need dentures, dental implants may be the right fit for you!
Types of Implants
There are two different types of implants available: endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is placed inside the bone and is the most commonly used dental implant because it is designed as an alternative for bridges and removable dentures. The second type of implant is the subperiosteal, which means on the bone. this type of implant is placed on top of the jaw and held together with metal framework. The subperiosteal implant is mainly used by people who are unable to wear dentures.
Are you a Good Candidate?
There are two main requirements for people who are interested in dental implants. The first is that you are are in good oral health and the second is that you have adequate bone in your jaw. Being in good oral health is very important for the overall success of the implant and is needed for the future care and maintenance of the teeth after the implant. It is important that you have enough bone in your jaw because most dental implants are placed directly in the bone. Without adequate bone, the implantation will not be successful.
What to Expect
When replacing a single tooth, the periodontist will use one implant and a crown to replace the tooth. If the periodontist is replacing more than one tooth, they will use an implant-supported bridge to replace the teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, then an implant-supported full bridge or full denture will be used.
After receiving a dental implant it is important to maintain good oral care. Practice the same preventative techniques you would with your own teeth to ensure the health and care of your teeth. Keep your implant teeth plaque free and clean by brushing and flossing daily, just like you normally would. You just got new teeth, wouldn’t want to lose them!
With the recent concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, we at The Dental Care Center, wanted you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep our employees and you, our patients, safe while delivering the best dental experience possible.
Effective immediately through April 15th, the services offered by The Dental Care Center will only be available to those experiencing dental emergencies.
Our offices may be operating under a modified schedule so we ask that you contact our office to schedule an appointment. All non-emergency appointments will be scheduled after April 15th. If you currently have an appointment scheduled with us, a member of our team will contact you to reschedule.
We have a full team in place via phone or live chat to assist patients with scheduling future appointments.
We are monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which includes taking the necessary steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and patients. Rest assured that we ALWAYS employ the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization to protect our patients from any potential contamination or infection. These regular procedures have been supplemented in recent days due to added concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition to our usual procedures, we will perform infrared temperature screening for patients and team members effective immediately. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning duties to disinfect shared surfaces in the waiting room and around the office such as counters, doorknobs, and seating areas. We are requesting that patients limit the number of family members that accompany them to their appointment. We are also screening patients as they make appointments to try to identify high-risk individuals and carriers before they even enter our office.
At the Dental Care Center, we want our patients to feel confident that their safety is our top priority and that we are taking reasonable measures to make this office one of the least likely places to be exposed to this new threat.
We are committed to serving you and your families. You are our patients, part of our family, and together we will get through this situation.