How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are artificial frames or tooth roots, usually made from metal, that are surgically placed into your jaw in order to permanently hold a bridge or replacement tooth/teeth. At MD Periodontics, we offer dental implants for patients who may have lost or are losing their tooth/teeth due to various dental problems.
Dental implants are fused to the jawbone, thereby providing a firm and stable support for any replacement teeth. If you get dental implants, your bridges and dentures will not keep slipping and shifting inside your mouth, making it look and feel just like your natural teeth. Activities like chewing, swallowing, and speaking will never be a problem.
What are the two different types of dental implants
- Endosteal implants
The most common implants, these are implanted into your jawbone directly. Cylinders, screws or blades can be used.
After the gum tissue surrounding the implant heals, you will require another surgery that will connect the implant to a post, followed by the attachment of the artificial tooth.
Usually, endosteal implants are used for patients who have removable dentures or bridges.
- Subperiosteal implants
These types of implants are placed on the jawbone, below your gum tissue. A metal frame protrudes through your gum, which holds the artificial teeth. As your surrounding gum tissues heal, the metal frame becomes fixed to your jawbone.
Usually, subperiosteal implants are ideal for people who cannot wear normal, conventional dentures, and/or those patients with minimal bone height.
What are the benefits of dental implants
Below, we highlight the top reasons why you should consider dental implants:
- Dental implants are the closest to natural teeth you can get. They look, feel, function, and fit like natural, healthy teeth when they are implanted by experienced and skilled dentists like the ones you will find at MD Periodontics.
- Dental implants are permanent and can last a lifetime as long as they are implanted properly and cared for regularly through the years. On the contrary, conventional bridges only last up to five to eight years.
- With dental implants, not only do you get a beautiful smile, you also get the chance to maintain your natural face shape. While there are some tooth replacement procedures that can change the shape of your face and alter your appearance, dental implants are not one of them.
- If you opt for conventional bridges that are supported by your own tooth/teeth, your dentist will have to file or grind away some parts of either one or both adjacent teeth. This means that you will have to sacrifice your healthy teeth to get a new one. However, with dental implants, this is not required and you get to keep your healthy teeth the way they are.
Am I an eligible candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are the perfect solution for you if:
- You have one or more missing teeth or have teeth that are gradually failing and need to be replaced.
- Conventional bridges and dentures are not an option for you for various reasons like poor ridges, sore spots or gagging.
- You have healthy and strong gum tissues, as well as enough bone to be able to support the dental implant.