Traditional Root Form Implant
The root form implant is the most popular and effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the patient’s original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.
The mini implant is similar to a root form implant in design. It is best utilized in areas of thin or narrow bone. It is excellent for stabilizing dentures or for areas where teeth are close together and a narrow implant is desired. Mini implants are a less expensive alternative to traditional root form implants.
Implant as a Treatment Option
The implant is usually made of titanium and is surgically placed by a dental implant specialist or oral surgeon. These screw-like parts are placed into the jawbone and meant to imitate the root of the tooth. You will likely have a series of visits after that to fit your permanent crown.