What is Dental Implant Reconstruction?

Posted by Dr. Michael Choi on Jun 10 2019, 12:53 AM

Dental implant reconstruction is rapidly turning into the desired dental restoration procedure for patients with missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants offer many remarkable health benefits and help to restore the primary teeth functions like chewing and biting. Dental implant reconstruction also considerably enhances the look of an affected smile.

Dental implant reconstruction

To decide if opting for dental implant reconstruction to substitute lost teeth is the best decision, there are specific facts you need to know. This article focuses on the essential aspects of dental implant reconstruction.

What are dental implants?

Dental implant reconstruction is the surgical procedure of inserting implants into the jawbone, which will allow the installation of a bridge or other dental restorations, allowing the patient to have the complete, healthy dentition that was lost due to injuries, decay or other dental diseases.

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone to support an abutment that holds a prosthetic crown. Dental implants are a successful and lasting restoration for a lost tooth. The bone grows around the implant, making it firm enough to replace what used to be the tooth root. Since implants are built from titanium, they integrate well with the bone, prevent the loss of bone tissues and are resistant to decay.

Dental implants have been in use for over 20 years, and recent innovations have made the procedure much more comfortable than it used to be. Dental implant reconstruction is now minimally invasive and can be completed in multiple dental visits.

What you should know

Dental implant reconstruction has different processes, and you should be familiar with the different types.

Single stage vs. two-stage dental implants

  • A single stage dental implant procedure entails inserting the implant into the jawbone and closing up the gum while exposing a part of the implant. Afterward, it will take a few months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone, after which the crown, bridge or another type of abutment can be placed without requiring another surgery.
  • A two-stage dental implant is similar to single stage surgery, but in this case, the implant will be submerged into the jawbone, and a second surgery will be required to expose the implant to place the abutment correctly.

Endosteal vs. subperiosteal implants

  • An endosteal implant involves inserting the implant into the jawbone instead of on the jawbone. They are usually firmer than subperiosteal implants. They are typically used in two-stage implants because they always have to go way down into the gums and jawbone.
  • A subperiosteal implant involves putting the implant on the jawbone instead of inside. This is often recommended for patients without sufficient bone depth and is linked with single-stage dental implant reconstruction.

Mini dental implant reconstruction

This is the second choice when endosteal or subperiosteal implants are not possible. Mini dental implant reconstruction is the least invasive procedure and can still help to replace a lost tooth.

Consult your dentist about dental implant reconstruction to get expert advice on choosing the best form of treatment.

Request an appointment here: https://www.implantdentistirvine.com or call Smile by Design Dental Group at (949) 336-3404 for an appointment in our Irvine office.

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