Dental implants, typically made of titanium, are a safe and reliable replacement for single or multiple teeth that effectively mimic the natural structure of your tooth. Since implants become directly connected to the jawbone and mesh with your natural bone over time, dental implants provide a stable and durable base for your replacement teeth that replicate the natural formation of teeth. Paramount Dental Center offers an array of different implant options for our patients. We understand that every mouth is different and requires a unique approach to perfection. That is why we require all of our team members to be diligently trained and skilled in a variety of implant options and procedures.
In some extreme cases, the goal to “conserve” teeth with root canals, posts, cores and crowns is not viable or logical when weighed against a full-arch remediation on dental implants. We understand that our patients do not wish to invest years rehabilitating teeth with traditional dental corrective approaches just to have those remediations require replacement later. A full set of teeth supported on dental implants ends up being a significantly more foreseeable and feasible plan for some patients. A full-arch prosthesis can be developed from as few as five or six implants, depending on the case.
A single-stage dental implant procedure involves surgically positioning a longer implant into the jaw so that it is on the jawbone, with the top of the implant level with the gum tissue, after which the gum tissue is closed (sewn), leaving the implant head visible. As a result, after a number of months of healing, the dental implant abutment and temporary restoration can be connected without surgical treatment to expose the implant head.
Endosteal Implants are inserted directly into the jawbone. Typically shaped like little screws, cylinders or plates, they are the most commonly used variety of implant. A customized endosteal implant is a cast surgical-grade titanium metal frame that is custom designed to fit snugly on your jawbone.
When the implant is positioned on the bone, synthetic bone is put over and around the implant, and then your gums are closed over it. Then, removable dentures or repaired partial bridgework are anchored to the implant posts or a bar above the gums. These implants are covered with a special synthetic bone alternative called Hydroxylapatite (HA). Ninety-eight percent of natural bone is made up of HA crystals. This HA finish fools your jaw into thinking that the implant is natural bone. Your natural bone turns into the HA covering, forming a biochemical bond that holds the implant securely in place.
Custom-made endosteal implants are all based on the exact specifications of the patient’s unique jawbone. Initially, an oral replica is created using a CT scan image of the jaw. The custom endosteal implant is then produced in accordance with this jaw replica. The customized endosteal implant structure fits snugly over the jawbone. Removable dentures are anchored to the implant posts to complete the procedure.
“Subperiosteal” means “on top of the bone.” Subperiosteal implants are placed under your gums and on top of your jawbone. This variety of implant is most commonly recommended for patients who have a shallow jawbone and are not eligible for as invasive of a procedure as endosteal implants.
Whereas routine endosteal dental implants are positioned straight in the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are put on top of the jawbone right beneath the gums. They comprise a cage-like metal framework that is positioned over the arch of your jawbone. In time, your jawbone anneals to the metal structure, fixing and locking the implant root.
Crowns or false teeth are attached to little metal rods that extend through the gums and are attached to this metal structure. If we recommended subperiosteal implants for you, likely among the reasons is that your personal bone health would make recovery from a routine implant procedure excessively difficult. The first step in creating subperiosteal dental implants is to take an impression of your jawbone. Our dentists can do this by taking a direct impression of your mouth with dental impression putty. However, the impression can likewise be developed with CT scan-generated images. We will then use this impression to create the metal framework that will support your implants.
Once the structure is prepared, it will be surgically embedded below your gums. Posts attached to the structure will remain above your gums. When the tissue around the framework has recovered, your replacement teeth will be attached to the posts, and your procedure will be completed.
Think dental implants may improve your smile? Call us today or visit our dental office in Kirkland or Seattle, Washington, for a free consultation with Dr. Colin Del Rosario, Dr. Alfadhli Abu or Dr. Kathryn Parker. We want you looking and feeling your best, always.