There are many causes of tooth loss. You may have been suffered an injury to the mouth, which caused one or more teeth to be knocked out. Or, you may have lost teeth due to decay or gum disease. Fortunately, you do not have to live with an incomplete smile. Dental implants are becoming a popular method of restoring a person's smile because of their durability and natural appeal. In addition, implant dentistry is 96 to 97 percent successful, meaning there is a very small risk of them failing. Even though they are becoming so popular, most people are not aware that there are different types of implants. Here are 2 types of implants to consider for your smile restoration.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant to consider. These implants are actually surgically placed into the jaw bone, ensuring a successful and effective osseointegration that restores your smile back to a functional and appealing state.
Endosteal implants are usually made out of titanium, which is safe and effective for surgical placement. Many people compare these titanium implants to small screws because of their appearance.
Once implanted, you will need to wait a period of time for osseointegration to take place. This ensures the implant fuses into the jaw bone fully before placing the crown, or artificial tooth, onto the implant.
Subperiosteal implants are a bit different from endosteal implants except they are placed on or above the jaw bone instead of IN the actual jaw bone.
The process is a bit different, as well. A metal frame is first fitted to the jaw bone just below the gum tissue. The gums will heal over a period of time, eventually allowing the frame to heal into the jaw bone.
Posts on the frame will protrude through the gum tissue during this healing process. Then, the artificial teeth can be mounted onto the posts.
These implants are ideal for patients who lack sufficient bone mass and density in their jaw that is necessary for supporting implants.
The end result of subperiosteal implants is just as natural and appealing as endosteal implants. You and your doctor can work together to determine the best option for your specific needs.
Again, if you lack sufficient bone to support endosteal implants, but do not want to go through the surgical bone grafting process, subperiosteal implants may be right for your smile restoration needs.
Implant dentistry is effective, but you should know your options before choosing this method of smile restoration. Talk to a dentist for more help.Share