Here's What You Should Know About Dental Implants
While dentures are an effective tool for replacing missing or weakened teeth and improving the appearance of your smile, dental implants may be more beneficial. Dental implants are titanium screws that are positioned in the upper or lower jawbones and emerge from the gums to be anchors for a crown, bridge, or removable prosthesis. Composed of titanium and additional materials that do not react adversely with your body, dental implants are designed to blend in seamlessly with your remaining teeth and are a long-term solution to restoring your smile.
Why Do You Need Dental Implants?
You may want to consider dental implants if:
- Your dentures are too uncomfortable or painful to wear.
- You would prefer to maintain the good tooth structure you have instead of having it compromised to fabricate a bridge.
Types of Implants
There are only two types of dental implants that the American Dental Association recommends as safe enough to use. You should consult with your dentist about which is appropriate for you:
Subperiosteal Implants - These implants are composed of a metal frame that is attached to the jawbone just under the gum tissue. The frame will become affixed to the jaw bone as the surrounding gum tissue heals. The posts that are attached to frame extend out of the gums and serve as mounts for artificial teeth.
Endosteal Implants - These implants are embedded directly into the jaw bone during an initial surgery. After the surrounding gum tissue has had time to heal, a post is connected to the original implant during a second surgical procedure. Artificial teeth can be attached to a post individually or in a group using a denture or bridge.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to be considered for dental implants, you will have to have healthy gums as well as the adequate bone structure to properly support the implants. If your jawbone is too not strong enough because it is too soft or thin, a bone graft may be necessary. Other considerations include the proper height of the bones in your upper jaw and location of your sinuses. Your dentist will take all of these factors and more into consideration when discussing whether dental implants are a viable option for your dental situation.
You will also be required to dedicate the time and effort to maintain your dental health. The success of your dental implants will depend on whether you have an effective oral hygiene routine and if you visit the dentist regularly.
If you are self-conscious about the state of your smile because of missing teeth and want to know whether dental implants are for you, call us at Premier Dental Care to schedule an appointment. One of our dentists will give you a thorough dental examination and advise you of your dental options.