What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent replacements for a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They can be an alternative for dentures or bridgework. There are two types of dental implants placed in oral and maxillofacial surgery: endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is the most common of the two. In the absence of a tooth, a trained dentist places a titanium screw into the jawbone. Once the screw and its post, called an abutment, are placed, a crown is put on top to take the place of the missing tooth. The titanium fuses with the jawbone over time, helping to keep the structure in place.
With a less common subperiosteal implant, the implant dentist places the implant on top of the bone. This type of implant is often chosen for patients who have a difference in jawbone structure.
In some cases, a dentist may perform a full-arch restoration. This type of implant surgery involves an implant dentist replacing a series of teeth to restore a full arch in the mouth. Our dental team keeps up-to-date on the latest techniques to be used in surgical procedures and how to use advanced instruments to provide the best patient care.
Espire’s dental implant surgery in San Diego is often done for many reasons. It may be to help a patient chew normally or to prevent additional bone loss in the jaw. It can even help to keep the gum tissue healthy over time, and more. The placement of the implant screw general takes 1-2 hours. Then, a patient waits up to 3 months for the titanium screw to fuse with their jawbone. Once healed, they return for a second appointment in which the dentist places an implant crown to bring the tooth back to functionality.