What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They are inserted into your jaw and bonded with your natural jawbone. Implants provide the foundation for dental restoration methods such as crowns, bridges, and artificial teeth.
The main benefit of a dental implant is the sturdy, solid support it provides. After the implant is inserted, your jawbone heals and regrows tightly around it, locking the implant in place. In this way, implants are able to integrate with your jaw, maintain your overall jaw structure, and promote good gum health.
Unlike dentures or ordinary bridgework, which are only applied to the jaw on a surface level, implants fuse with your jaw and will last a lifetime without slipping or causing bone damage. And, with a pure titanium construction, your implant will never decay.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Durability: Dental implants are built to last. Made of pure titanium and firmly lodged in your jaw, they can withstand decades of use and abuse. With the proper care, implants can last your entire lifetime.
- Comfort: Most patients report that implants are far more comfortable than dentures. This is because implants integrate with your mouth and jaw over time. Once healing is complete, many patients can’t feel any difference between their natural and artificial tooth roots.
- Easy eating: Eating with dentures can be difficult. After all, even the best dentures can slide out of place. Not so with dental implants. They use a stationary design, meaning that they’re fused with your jaw and will never slip, slide, or damage your bone or tissue. For many patients, the ease of chewing and swallowing implants allow makes a world of difference.
- Better speech: Dental implants can even improve your speech! Because of how they align with your mouth’s natural shape, implants will let you speak normally and fluently in ways that dentures or other false teeth often do not.
Types of Implants – Which Is Best?
There are three basic types of dental implants to choose from: Endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic.
Endosteal is the best and most common and safest kind of dental implant.
“Endo” is the Greek word for “within” or “inner.” Endosteal implants are inserted directly into your jawbone. First, a titanium screw is placed in your jawbone where your natural tooth root would normally be. After letting the bone heal and solidify around the screw for several months, a crown or other artificial tooth is affixed to the screw.
If you have a good, strong, and healthy jawbone, an Endosteal implant is the best option for you. It is sturdy, reliable, and will last a lifetime.
Subperiosteal implants are the second-most-common after Endosteal.
“Sub” means “under” and “periosteal” means around or nearby to the bone. Subperiosteal implants get their name because, unlike endosteal implants that fit directly into your jaw, subperiosteal implants rest on top of your jawbone, under your gum.
First, a metal frame with a small vertical pole is placed under your gum. The gum heals around the frame, holding it in place while leaving the pole exposed. False teeth are then secured to the pole. Hence, a subperiosteal implant fits underneath your gum but above your jawbone.
This kind of implant is recommended if (1) a patient lacks the jawbone needed for an endosteal implant or (2) if the patient doesn’t want to go through the oral surgery needed to add bone to their jaw area.
Zygomatic implants are the least common type of dental implant. It is only done if the patient lacks enough jawbone for endosteal and subperiosteal is also not an option.
The zygomatic bone is more commonly known as the cheekbone. A zygomatic implant is placed in the patient’s cheekbone instead of the jawbone. Because the cheekbone is located above the mouth, zygomatic implants are only used to replace upper teeth.
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