Millions of people around the world can enjoy a higher quality of life thanks to the advances of dental implantology. Thanks to the different types of dental implants on offer, you can have a customised and permanent replacement for missing teeth. The benefits of dental implants ensure you can chew with comfort, and smile with confidence even if you no longer have all your natural teeth.
The vast majority of dental implants are crafted from titanium because it is well received by the body, strong and durable. But not everyone’s mouth is the same and your case may require a different approach to another patient. Let’s take a look at the different types of dental implants and how they can benefit you.
What are Endosteal dental implants?
Endosteal implants have a cylindrical or screw-shaped appearance and they are embedded into your jaw surgically. When your gum tissue has healed around the implant site, you will need a second procedure to connect the implant to a post. Endosteal implants can only be successful if you have enough jawbone to hold the implant.
What are Subperiosteal dental implants?
Subperiosteal implants are fixed to your jawbone as a frame, but below your gum line. Once the site has healed the frame will become attached to your jawbone. The implant posts are attached to the frame and will protrude through your gums. Subperiosteal implants are recommended when you do not have enough jawbone for endosteal implants to be successful.
The spaces between my teeth are too small – what can I do?
When the spaces between your teeth are too small for a conventionally sized implant your dentist will recommend mini or micro implants. Mini implants are also used frequently for the replacement of front teeth, small teeth and premolars. They may also be recommended for patients with low bone tissue density.
I’ve had a tooth extracted but I need an implant – now what?
If your mouth needs to heal before a permanent implant can be placed, your dentist will probably recommend a temporary implant as an interim solution. Mini implants are likely to be used, and these will be removed once your mouth has healed fully and is ready for a permanent implant.
I have too many missing teeth for implants – what can I do?
If you are missing all the teeth along one of your jawlines, your over-dentures can be fixed to dental implants. Over-dentures can cause further bone loss by rubbing against the jaw but using a dental implant will ensure that the denture is raised higher than your gum line to preserve the bone underneath it.
If you have removable or fixed bridges an implant can be used to support it, making it more comfortable. Bridges are usually dependant on the surrounding teeth for support but using a dental implant provides greater strength and support.
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