Many people lose teeth throughout the course of their lives for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, these people are all faced with the same basic options for replacement of those teeth. For hundreds of years, patients could only choose dentures. Today there are more options than ever, and many patients are choosing permanent dental implants due to many of their benefits. As dental science progressed, even more, dental implant options became available.
As patients look at their implant options, it is important to educate yourself on the possibilities that are currently available. Dentists now offer four types of dental implants. Each has specific benefits and drawbacks. While your dentist can help guide you to the best fit for your specific needs, it never hurts to be armed with the proper resources to help make an informed decision.
This implant uses a surgical procedure in which a post is installed into the jawbone. The post itself will stick out above the gums. As the implant heals into the bone, the post will remain exposed. After a few months, your dentist can then install your abutment and restoration directly onto the post without having to make any additional cuts.
Two-stage dental implants occur in, you guessed it, two stages. The first operation installs a dental implant into the jaw bone. The implant is then allowed to heal for a few months, and then your dentist will conduct a second procedure to expose the original implant and attach the temporary crown or restoration.
This procedure typically utilizes a two-stage dental implant and are used in place of a bridge or dentures. The procedure attaches the implant into the bone but uses a specific coating that is a synthetic substitute for bone. This coating allows the body to recognize the implant as part of the body. The implant is then able to form to the jaw in a biochemical bond that holds the implant to the bone.
These implants are placed with the single-stage process, but instead of being placed into the bone, there is a framework that is laid over the bone, like the saddle on a horse. This implant type is typically used to cover a larger area than just a single tooth. This procedure can be used when patients have experienced a large amount of bone resorption, and there isn’t enough bone material to support endosteal implants. The framework itself is placed under the gums, but there are posts that protrude through the gums where the false tooth is attached.
There are many advantages of implants of dentures in general. Implants allow patients to maintain their dental health more easily than traditional dentures or other removable dental work. Implants are also composed of materials that wear better than your natural teeth. This means that they are less likely to harbor bacteria that is harmful to your mouth.
Typically, patients who have implants can treat their dental work just like their normal teeth. They should brush twice a day, floss, and get regular checkups with their dentist. These regular checkups allow their dentist to monitor and inspect the dental work for any signs of wear or any required adjustments.
Many patients today aren’t held to just a single option for their dental replacement choices. If you have been considering dentures or other tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. They can review all the available options and discuss the best option for you based on your specific history and need. Our dentist understands the need to feel comfortable with your smile and the effect that it can have on your confidence. Contact us today for further information.