People who have lost teeth may feel self-conscious about smiling or speaking confidently. Missing teeth make it difficult to chew food leading to unhealthy eating habits and secondary health issues. Dental implants are a full-mouth therapeutic option for those who have lost teeth. Dental implants aren’t simply for dentures; they should operate as prosthetic roots to enable full function while slowing or preventing jawbone loss.
Different Types of Dental Implants
Your prosthodontists will choose from the various coating, connection, and size options for each type of dental implant. While there are multiple options to place implants, they usually fall into two groups.
Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants: The most common form of dental implant is endosteal. They may be used in place of a bridge or removable denture. Screwed (threaded), cylindered (smooth), or bladed endosteal implants are available.
The first step in placing the endosteal implant is screwing it into the jawbone, which requires appropriate jawbone health and density. If your jawbone ridge is inherently narrow, or if it is short, thinned, and worn down as a result of trauma or disease, you may not have enough bone to sustain an endosteal implant. A subperiosteal implant can be considered as an option in this scenario.
Treatment: Endosteal implants begin with a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone to act as an artificial root. You have to wait for the soft tissue and bone around the implant to heal and integrate before completing the therapy. It’s not uncommon for this to take a few months.
Stability: Endosteal implants are known for being one of the most stable and natural-feeling options.
Subperiosteal Implants: Today, subperiosteal implants are rarely utilized. They were initially primarily used to secure dentures in patients who lacked sufficient bone height. The metal implant post is implanted beneath the gum tissue on the jawbone to hold the denture.
Treatment: The entire treatment process for subperiosteal implants is completed in two appointments and is frequently a much quicker treatment plan than for endosteal implants.
Stability: From subperiosteal implants, one can not have the same level of stability since they do not go into the jawbone and instead lay on top of it, held in place primarily by soft tissue. Even though this provides more significant support than dentures without implants, it is less stable than a complete endosteal implant system.
A Better Smile in Your Future!
Dental implant restorations today are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. This is due to the implant’s structural and functional relationship with the living bone and current technology ensuring the teeth are correctly aligned. All dental implants can last a lifetime if they are correctly cared for. Depending on your situation, your dental implant expert, or Prosthodontist, can assist you in determining which choice is ideal for you. Connect with us if you wish to reclaim a fully functional mouth and smile with confidence in the future.