Dental implants are fixtures designed to support dental prosthesis products such as bridges, crowns, and dentures, basically taking the place of the roots of the teeth. Patients have benefited from dental implant technology for more than 30 years, and recent innovations such as mini implants have made them an even better option for those who need to replace teeth for aesthetic as well as practical reasons. Today’s dental implants feel and look natural, and success rates have reached an all-time high. Here’s what you need to know about them:
The Two Major Types of Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant is placed directly into the jawbone to mimic the functionality of a natural tooth root. This type of implant is called an Endosteal implant. A less common type of implant, called a Subperiosteal implant, is used when the patient lacks enough healthy bone mass to make an Endosteal implant a practical choice. Subperiosteal implants are secured under the gums on top of the bone, and they are frequently recommended for those with several missing teeth in a row.
Your dental health professional can determine which type of implant is the best choice for your situation.
Advantages of Dental Implants
The practical reason for having implants installed is so that the teeth can regain optimal functionality, making it possible for you to continue enjoying your favorite foods and beverages. Traditional dentures often slip and slide, interfering with eating and drinking. Another advantage of implants is that they help preserve your physical appearance by maintaining the contour of your jawbone and facial structure. Other benefits are that dental implants are long-lasting and cost-effective.
Please feel free to contact our office for an appointment to explore whether dental implants are the right choice for you.