Monday, May 08, 2006

Mini Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants

There are a variety of types of dental implants available as there are many different circumstances under which patients could require them. As well, no two patients’ mouths are exactly the same. The majority of dental implants on the market today are constructed from an inert metal called titanium. Titanium has been found to work exceptionally well at connecting with live bone tissue in the mouth. The process where titanium fuses with existing bone is referred to as “osseointegration.” Either a periodontist or an oral surgeon who works from the hospital or a private clinic usually undertakes dental implants.

Root form implants are “cylindrical or screw type implants” that greatly resemble the form of a root of a tooth with a surface area that makes for good adhesion to the existing bone. Root form implants are the most commonly used of all dental implants and there are positioned in a patient’s mouth where the depth and width of the jawbone is the greatest. If the patient’s jawbone is deemed either too short or too narrow for root form dental implants then sometimes bone grafting will need to be done before implants can be even considered an option for the patient.

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