Missing teeth adversely affect your smile and overall confidence, and they can also impact your speech, face shape, muscle tone and your ability to chew. If you do not replace missing teeth, they can even affect the alignment of the remaining teeth. If you would like to find a permanent solution to replace your missing teeth, you have come to the right place! Whether trauma, gum disease, or issues with your overall health are the culprit for the loss of your teeth, dental implants can bring back your lovely smile, giving you a new lease on life.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants, a popular form of cosmetic dentistry, replace the root of your missing teeth. Metal posts will become your new tooth root. The dentist inserts them surgically into your mouth. Your dentist may place the implants into or above the jawbone.
Experts categorize the implantation procedure as a type of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, but it is also a kind of cosmetic dentistry.
When it comes to the replacement of missing teeth, dental implants are a prevalent choice for many people. This is because they provide a safe, long-term and secure solution.
Types of Dental Implants You Can Choose From
Endosteal Dental Implants
Keep in mind that endosteal dental implants are a standard type of dental implant used in a two-stage dental implant procedure. The shape of these implants is like little screws and often made of titanium.
Your dentist will perform surgery in order to place the implant into the jawbone. They will place the temporary teeth over the implant. And you can leave your dentist’s office with a toothy and beautiful smile. These implants are a great alternative to bridges or detachable dentures. They also come in several types, including screw/threaded, bladed and cylinder/smooth.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
Did you know that subperiosteal implants are usually for patients who experienced bone loss? They are also ideal for people who lack adequate natural jawbone that can support an endosteal implant.
Subperiosteal implants are part of a one-stage implant procedure. Rather than a second, minor procedure to expose the dental implant, the dentist will quickly place the abutment when your mouth heals.
This type of implant goes under the gum, either above or on the outer layer of connective tissue to cover the surface of the jawbone (called the periosteum).
You can also use this option if you would like to anchor a complete set of dentures rather than getting typical dental implants.
This is another common type of dental implant. The procedure involves the placement of a longer implant into your jaw and gum in a way that the top of the dental implant is exposed. This allows your dentists to place the abutment right on the implant without surgically exposing the dental implant again.
The implant and healing abutment connect immediately during your initial surgery. However, note that the downside of the method is that your implant is susceptible to external forces.
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