At J. Whitley Wills, DDS, dental implants are durable replacements for missing teeth that provide a permanent and natural-looking solution. Dental implants offer stability, functionality, and aesthetics by combining a titanium post surgically embedded into the jawbone, an abutment connecting the post to a crown, and a custom-made artificial tooth. Mimicking the structure of natural teeth, implants integrate with the jawbone over time, ensuring a secure foundation for the replacement tooth and preventing bone loss. This innovative dental solution enhances oral health, restores the ability to chew and speak comfortably, and delivers a confident smile that can last a lifetime with proper care.
Endosteal implants are the most common type, consisting of titanium posts surgically implanted directly into the jawbone by our dentist in Memphis, TN. These implants are sturdy anchors for individual crowns, bridges, or dentures. Endosteal implants are renowned for their stability, durability, and ability to replicate the natural tooth root.
Subperiosteal implants differ from endosteal implants in their placement. Rather than being inserted directly into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants rest on top of the bone but beneath the gum tissue. These implants are an alternative for individuals with insufficient bone height and may be suitable for those who cannot undergo a bone augmentation procedure.
Sufficient bone density in the jaw is crucial for the success of dental implants. The implant needs a stable foundation for osseointegration, the process in which the implant fuses with the jawbone. In cases of insufficient bone, bone grafting or alternative implant techniques, such as zygomatic implants or All-on-4, may be considered.
Healthy gums are essential for the long-term success of dental implants. Periodontal disease or active gum infections can compromise the stability of implants, so these issues should be addressed before implant surgery.
Smoking can negatively impact the success of dental implants by slowing down the healing process and increasing the risk of complications. Candidates who smoke are often advised to quit or reduce their smoking habits before and after the implant procedure.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the long-term success of dental implants. Candidates should be committed to regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups to ensure the health of the implants and surrounding tissues.
Candidates should be in good overall health, as certain medical conditions or medications may impact the success of the implant procedure. A thorough medical evaluation is often conducted to assess the candidate's general health status.
Dental implants represent a remarkable advancement in modern dentistry, offering comprehensive benefits beyond aesthetics to impact oral health and overall well-being positively. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, visit J. Whitley Wills, DDS, at 59 S Idlewild St., Memphis, TN 38104, or call (901) 726-9525.