What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth-like structures inserted into your jawbone by a dental surgeon. Losing one or more teeth leads to the need for dental implants. 

These dental implants are screw-like devices placed into your jawbone.  Subsequently, a device called an abutment is placed to connect the artificial tooth to the dental implant. A custom-made crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth is then placed on the abutment.  

Advantages of Implants Over Dentures

  • You don’t have to remove and clean them every night
  • It has a higher success rate
  • It is more natural and comfortable
  • It leads to a lesser risk of cavities 
  • It doesn’t cause sensitivity to the nearby teeth

Even though dental implants are safe and comfortable, not everyone can get a dental implant. One must have a healthy jawbone to undergo dental implant surgery. 

Types Of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants, as mentioned below:

Endosteal: This is the most frequently used type. A dental surgeon embeds this into your jawbone and it can hold more than one artificial tooth. 

Subperiosteal: A dental surgeon binds a subperiosteal implant on top of your jawbone. This type is used for people whose jawbone lacks height. 

Risks Associated With Dental Implants

As mentioned previously, dental implant surgery is not suitable for some people. People for whom the surgery is not suitable are those with:

  • Uncontrollable metabolic diseases
  • Bone or soft tissue diseases
  • Acute illness

Once these issues are resolved, dental implant surgery can be performed. 

Dental surgeons also refrain from performing dental implants on people who have:

  • HIV
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • AIDS
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Heavy smoking habits
  • Parafunctional habits, like tooth-grinding or chewing

If people with the above-mentioned issues undergo dental implant surgery, it would most likely fail. 


Dental implant surgery is safe. It is performed by qualified dental surgeons. And it is the only successful restorative option that helps to maintain and stimulate the growth of your jawbone. 

Potential Complications 

After undergoing dental implant surgery, people may experience some of the complications mentioned below during or after the surgery:

  • Movement of the implant
  • Infection of the implant
  • Nerve damage
  • Exposure of implant above the gumline

Patients with any of the complications above will have to go through additional procedures to improve the bone and gums or to remove the implant.

For a safe and comfortable dental implant surgery, contact University Oaks Dental, 6363 San Felipe St #200b, Houston, TX 77057 at (713) 461-8012 or schedule an appointment with us through our website.


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