Dental implants are a natural solution to missing teeth. There are two types of dental implants. Read on to learn more about the process and which type of implant would be the best fit for you.
What Is an Implant?
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Once inserted, the area is given a chance to heal, and the implant a chance to fuse with the jaw bone, creating a sturdy, permanent bond. Once that period of healing passes, a custom made restoration can be attached to the implant. The restoration is designed to blend seamlessly into the rest of the smile. Patients experience no trouble talking or eating–the implant feels just like a natural tooth.
Two Types of Implants
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) there are two types of implants available to patients:
- Endosteal implants are placed in the jawbone as described above. These implants are by far the most commonly used.
- Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum, above the jaw bone. These types of implants are much less common, but are an option for people whose jawbone can’t support endosteal implants.
What’s Best for Me?
As we’ve mentioned, the type of implant you get will really be determined by the health of your jaw bone. Most people end up with an endosteal implant, but in some cases, the jawbone is not healthy enough. If that’s the case, there are also options to restore the jaw bone, including bone augmentation, sinus lift, and ridge expansion. If your jaw bone isn’t healthy enough to support an implant, your dentist will walk you through options and help you determine the best approach to tooth replacement for your unique situation.
Implants at Litton Family Dental
If you think implants sound like the solution for you, look no further than our office. Our friendly staff will be happy to set you up with a consultation in the near future. We look forward to hearing from you!Contact Us