Dental Implants Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor
If you have missing teeth, a dental implant may be precisely what you need to make your smile fully functional again. Dental implants are preferred to solutions like bridges and dentures because they allow the patient to retain more chewing function while maintaining the health of the gums, bone and surrounding teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- A post that’s made of either titanium or zirconium. It attaches to your jaw.
- An abutment, which is a connector that bridges the post and the new tooth.
- A prosthetic, which looks and functions like a normal tooth.
An implant can consist of one tooth, several teeth, or it can replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. If the procedure is done correctly, dental implants are comfortable, hygienic and allow the patient to retain full chewing function.
A regular implant uses a standard-sized post or screw that’s placed in the jawbone. They’re known for being stable, long-lasting, and are usually the preferred choice. The downside is that they are more costly than mini implants, and some patients don’t have sufficient bone density to sustain it.
By contrast, mini implants use a narrower screw, which is both less invasive and more cost-effective. It’s also preferred when the open space is not wide enough to easily fit a regular implant. However, a mini implant is not as durable and stable. When determining which type is best, we perform a thorough consultation and analysis.