Choosing the Best Types of Dental Implants
People who have lost teeth are often embarrassed to smile or speak confidently. When food is difficult to chew, they may develop poor eating habits, leading to secondary health issues. Dental implants are a full-mouth restoration option for people who have lost teeth. Dental implants aren’t just for dentures; they should act as artificial roots to support full function while also slowing or preventing jawbone loss.
These dental implants replace missing tooth roots, giving people the strength and stability they need to eat all of their favourite foods without having to struggle to chew. These types also help to stimulate and maintain jawbone, which helps to prevent bone loss and support facial features. For more information please visit us today!
Different Types of Dental Implants
For each type of dental implant, your prosthodontists will select from a variety of coating, connector, and size options. Implant placement can be done in a variety of ways, but they usually fall into one of two categories.
1. Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants: The most common type of dental implant is endosteal. They are occasionally used instead of a bridge or removable denture. Screw (threaded), cylinder (smooth), and bladed endosteal implants are available. Your prosthodontist can help you decide which type of dental implant is best for you, but today, endosteal implants are the most common and safe option.
The first step in placing an endosteal implant is screwing it into the jawbone, which requires sufficient jawbone health and density. If your jawbone ridge is naturally narrow, or if it is short, narrowed, and worn down as a result of trauma or disease, you may not have enough bone to properly support an endosteal implant. A subperiosteal implant may be an option in this case.
2. Subperiosteal Implants: Subperiosteal implants are no longer commonly used. They were once primarily used to secure dentures in patients who lacked sufficient bone height. Subperiosteal implants are placed beneath the gum tissue on the jawbone, with the metal implant post visible through the gums to hold the denture.
The overall treatment process with subperiosteal implants is completed in two appointments and is often a much shorter treatment plan than with an endosteal implant.
Different Methods of Dental Implants
There may be implant alternatives that work well depending on the strength of your jawbone and your specific situation. These types of dental implants can be used in place of or traditional dental implants. The following are examples of standard dental implant methods:
- Immediate Load Dental Implants: Immediate load implants allow you to leave your appointment with a full set of teeth instead of the usual healing time. The teeth you receive at first are only temporary until the implant has healed and you have enough healthy bone contact to support a permanent prosthetic. This can be an excellent way to restore your smile as quickly as possible.
- All-on-4 (or 5 or 6): For people who have lost most or all of their teeth due to decay or gum disease, this type is ideal. By using a set of temporary teeth placed the same day or very soon after the implants are placed, it allows you to place implants without the need for bone grafting.
- Single tooth implants are ideal for missing one or a few teeth. A single implant can close the gap, giving the teeth a natural appearance and perfect function.
- Multiple Implants: If you have multiple missing teeth causing large gaps in your mouth but don’t need a full mouth replacement, you can use multiple implants in just the areas where the gaps are the most noticeable.
- Two-Stage Dental Implants: This is the standard procedure for the types of dental implants described above. On the first day, the implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Minor surgery is performed several months later to attach an abutment and tooth (crown).
- Single-Stage Implants: These are similar to two-stage implants, but the implant healing cap is visible, allowing the abutment and temporary restoration to be attached without requiring surgery to expose the head (top of the implant).
- Mini Implants: These are small or narrow-diameter implants that can be used to stabilize a lower denture using less invasive techniques. Mini implants can prevent a lower denture from “floating” or shifting independently. It’s critical to get the top of the mini-implant in the right place so that there’s enough room for your denture!
What is the strongest dental implant?
Titanium implants are the strongest solution available today, providing patients with the confidence they require as well as a beautiful smile. A sufficient amount of bone is needed for the implants to be successful. Our team will examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
How long do titanium implants last?
Dental implants, which are titanium screws that fuse with your jawbone, are designed to last a lifetime. The dental crown, which is the visible part of the tooth-replacement system, must be replaced every 5 to 15 years.
Who does not qualify for dental implants?
This means that as time passes, the size and bulk of the jaw bone in the area where teeth are missing decreases. That problem can be solved with bone grafting on the lower ridge, also known as “guided bone regeneration.” The sinus in the upper jaw can sometimes dip down into the area where teeth are missing.