Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. During this procedure, titanium supports are surgically fused with your jawbone, and act as an anchor for one of the most natural-looking teeth replacement options available. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative or addition to dentures.
Advantages of dental implants:
- Implants are extremely natural looking
- Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditionally dentures
- They last a lifetime
What are the different types of implants?
Our dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of implants is right for you:
Root form implant:
This is the most common type of implant where the screw is shaped like the root of a tooth.
Plate Form Implant:
A plate form implant has a flat and long shape and is better suited for a narrow jawbone.
In some cases where there is not enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant, a subperiosteal implant may be prescribed. This type of implant is designed to sit on top of the bone, but under the gums.
Symptoms or Issues that Can be Alleviated with Dental Implants
- Difficulty Chewing
When you lose a tooth, sensitivity with the other teeth can increase. This, along with a misaligned bite caused by tooth loss, can lead to frustrations when trying to enjoy your meals and creates a cascading effect of pain and other jaw ailments.
- Pain Eating Cold or Hot Foods
Dental implants allow patients to reduce sensitivity in the teeth and gums from a lost tooth. It also alleviates pressure from the other teeth, which may be overworked or shifting to compensate.
- Gum Irritation from Wearing Dentures
Ill-fitting or old dentures paired with fragile areas in the mouth can lead to discomfort and frustration for those who wear them. To have a much more stable and permanent solution, dental implants provide relief by never moving and never rubbing against the gum line. Getting implants reduces the rate of irritation, sores and infection. We also offer dental implant-supported dentures, which is a perfect combination of the two treatments.
- Jaw Bone Loss
When your appearance is changing around the jawline, it may be due to bone loss, which can occur due to age and teeth missing. Implants promote osseointegration. This means that the roots of the implant can stimulate jawbone growth, lowering the chance of bone loss over time. Jaw bone loss can lead to multiple health issues, as well as permanently altering your appearance.
- A Tooth With a Deep Infection
An infected tooth may need to be extracted if the infection has spread too far to save the tooth. By getting a dental implant afterwards helps alleviate further complications from the infection and open space in the mouth, and helps patients feel like themselves again.
- Broke or Fractured Tooth
After severe injury, restorative dental techniques may be unable to salvage what is remaining of a tooth. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, the best option might be a tooth extraction along with an implant to replace the problem tooth. This will restore your smile and no one will be able to tell the difference.
After a procedure, dental implants will look and function just like natural teeth. This option is great for people with many ailments and injuries. If you or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call our office today to see if dental implants are an option.