What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are screw-like posts that are anchored on your jawbone. They are used as tooth replacement options and offer a surface to secure artificial teeth. They can be single tooth implants, multiple tooth implants, mini dental implants, or implant-supported dentures, depending on how many teeth you need replaced and the strength of your jawbone. Our professionals at can help determine which dental implant is best suited for you.
Overview of Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants come with an abutment and post and work as the roots of your artificial teeth. After dental implant placement, they fuse with the adjacent tissues, and a crown or denture is later attached. They require adequate jawbone support, and for a patient to be a good candidate for regular dental implant placement, they must have good jawbone volume and density. If you have severe bone loss, we will first perform a bone grafting procedure to stimulate the regeneration of the bone. Ultimately regular implants offer the best performance and are long-lasting solutions.
Traditional Implants vs. Mini Implants:Which is Ideal for You?
Mini and traditional implants work in the same way but differ in size. Regular dental implants are larger and broader with a diameter of 3-6mm, while mini dental implants are half their size. Regular implants offer better stability and provide a solid base for attaching artificial teeth. However, they are only adequate for patients with a healthy jawbone. People with severe bone loss will require bone grafting before placement. Depending on the health of your jawbone, our dentists can recommend a mini or traditional implant. Regular implants are more stable and offer long-lasting options.
Dental Implant Materials
Dental implants are usually made of a strong and durable metal called titanium. Titanium is a safe and durable material and is the most common material. It is well-suited for dental implants because it can withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. It does not break easily, making it the ideal choice for dental implants. Zirconia is another common material. This is a popular alternative to titanium for people who have metal allergies or sensitivities. Zirconia is also white, which can be more aesthetically pleasing than titanium for some people. The choice of material will depend on individual factors such as your oral health and personal preferences. Discussing the different dental implant materials with us is essential to determine which option is best for your specific needs. Also, other materials, such as stainless steel and cobalt-chromium alloys, have been used in the past. However, these materials are less commonly used due to their aesthetic properties. Other newer dental implant materials, such as ceramic composites, are also being researched for dental implant use. Biodegradable materials are designed to dissolve gradually over time and be replaced by new tissue, which can benefit specific dental implant procedures. Ceramic composites combine ceramic and polymer materials that may provide improved aesthetics and biocompatibility.
Ready for Dental Implants?
If you are ready for dental implants, or are curious to learn more, visit our Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona clinic. Our dentists will select a custom option for you. You can schedule a consultation with our dental team by simply calling us at (480) 504-0506.