Common Types Of Dental Implants

If you need replacement teeth and their roots have been damaged, your dentist will need to mount a metal implant on your jaw bone to attach your new teeth to.  These dental implants are usually made out of titanium and need to be surgically implanted.  While surgery may sound daunting, dental implants are a more sanitary option than dentures or bridges.  Because a dental implant fuses with your jaw bone, it wont shift in your mouth like other options, so it's one less thing to worry about.  If you have other dental issues that cause soreness or pain, implants may be your only option.  Are you considering dental implants?  There are two kinds of implants your dentist can help you choose from.  

Subperlosteal Implants

A subperlosteal implant is a metal frame, imagine it like a saddle, that is placed over your jaw bone.  Subperlosteal implants are the best choice if you have large areas that need to be covered.  It is also a good option for individuals with a shallow jaw bone, as it adds additional height.    

Endosteal Implants

Unlike subperlosteal implants, endosteal implants are drilled into the jaw bone and become attached this way.  They are the most commonly used implant, but they require two surgeries, while subperlosteal implants only require one.  In the first surgery, your dental surgeon will insert the metal frame.  After a few months once you are totally healed, you will have to go back for a second, but minor surgery to have the posts for your new teeth inserted.  Endosteal implants are often shaped liked screws or plates.

Another thing to consider when choosing your implant is coating.  There are several different surfaces to choose from which will impact the attachment ability and lifespan of your implant.  

After you get your dental implants made, you have to take good care of them.  Don't neglect your oral hygiene, like flossing, or forget to go to your check-ups.  If you're a smoker, you're going to have to give up smoking for a few months to ensure that your implant fuses to your jaw bone properly and to avoid infection.  For the first few days after your operation, your face and gums may be swollen, so limit your food to soft consistencies to avoid discomfort and infection.  After the swelling goes down and your gums heal, you'll be thrilled you took the plunge and got dental implants. For more information, contact companies like Milner Dentistry.