Dental implants are the modern day solution and provide the most permanent solution for tooth loss, often lasting a lifetime. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth.
TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. An artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.
DENTAL IMPLANT OPTIONS
- Replacing a Single Tooth If you are missing a single tooth, one dental implant and a crown can replace it.
- Replacing Several Teeth If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
- Replacing All of Your Teeth If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
An advantage to dental implants is that they help preserve the bone. Because they integrate with the jawbone, they replace some of the missing tooth root. This helps to prevent the gums and jawbone from deteriorating, which can cause facial collapse.
Dental implants are slightly more expensive than dentures, but when you consider the additional cost of fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement, as well as the disadvantages of slippage, discomfort and even pain, dental implants are a far superior solution and well worth the additional cost.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER RECEIVING A DENTAL IMPLANT
Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require you to keep them clean and plaque-free with proper brushing and flossing. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they stay healthy.