Have lost or had a tooth removed recently? If so, you’re not alone.
Every year, thousands of people have to have teeth removed, many of them children under the age of 18.
Whatever you’re age, losing a tooth can often leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile.
If you want to enhance your appearance and speak and smile with confidence, you may want to consider investing in dental implants.
Read on to learn more about the different types of dental implants so you can make the right decision for your specific needs.
What are Dental Implants?
In order to decide whether or not dental implants are right for you, you first need to understand what they actually are.
Put simply, dental implants are false teeth that are attached to the bones of the jaw to fill in a gap and function just like natural teeth. A dentist attaches a prosthetic tooth on top of the implant. The tooth is moulded to match the colour, shape, and size of your other teeth.
Over time, the implant fuses to the jaw bone and becomes a permanent fixture.
It’s important to note that dental implants are used to fill the holes left by individual teeth. They are different from dentures, which are used when a person has lost all or nearly all of their teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The most obvious benefit of receiving dental implants is an improvement to the appearance of your smile. That’s not the only reason to consider implants, though.
Some of the other benefits that come with dental implants include:
- Improved speech: missing teeth, even when they’re concealed with dentures, can cause you to slur your words or mumble when you speak.
- Improved comfort: Implants eventually become a permanent fixture in your mouth, so they’re much more comfortable than traditional dentures.
- Easier eating: You don’t have to worry about taking out dentures or eating around a gap in your smile when you have implants.
- Improved self-esteem: You’ll feel much more confident in your smile when there aren’t any noticeable gaps.
- Improved oral health: Implants make it easier for you to clean and access the spaces between teeth, which improves oral hygiene and overall health.
- Durability: Implants are highly durable and, when properly cared for, can last a lifetime.
- Convenience: There’s no fuss when you’re dealing with implants; you simply have to brush and floss just like you would with your other teeth.
As you can see, there are lots of reasons to consider dental implants. Even if you’re not bothered by the appearance of your smile, improved function, easier cleaning, and better speech might entice you to think about giving implants a try.
Types of Dental Implants
There are a few different types of dental implants that you can choose from. The specific type of implants that you’ll receive will vary depending on factors like your oral health, budget, and the location of the missing tooth.
Listed below are some of the most common types of implants:
Single-Stage Dental Implants
With single-stage dental implants, you’ll have the implant surgically placed into your jaw. It’s placed on the job bone so that the top is level with your gum tissue. The dentist will stitch the gum tissue closed and leave the implant head visible.
They will also attach healing abutment that will connect the implant to the prosthetic tooth (crown).
Several months later, once the site has healed, the dentist will attach the crown to the exposed head.
Single-stage dental implants usually utilize a subperiosteal implant. These implants are also used to hold dentures in place for patients who lack sufficient bone height.
One-stage implants are usually used for patients who have good bone quality. They’re also used in areas where aesthetics are not an issue, such as the back of the mouth.
Two-Stage Dental Implants
A two-stage dental implant is similar to the single stage implant. The dentist still surgically places the implant into the jaw bone, but the difference is that the gum tissue is totally closed.
Several months later, the dentist will perform a second surgery to attach the abutment.
While the surgery site heals, you’ll be able to wear a temporary prosthetic to fill the gap.
When performing two-stage dental implants, dentists most often use a specific type of implant known as an endosteal implant. These implants are usually made of titanium and look like small screws.
This type of implant is usually more expensive, and it’s most commonly used when the patient has poor bone quality or quantity.
What to Expect When You Get Dental Implants
Whether you opt for single-stage or two-stage dental implants, the implantation procedure typically looks something like this:
- First, you’ll meet with your dentist for a consultation, x-rays, and discussion about which option is best for you
- Then, your implant will be placed — this procedure usually isn’t particularly painful, and most people are able to return to work the next day without any issues
- You’ll then wait a few months for the implant and jawbone to grow together — this is known as osseointegration — you’ll need to eat a soft food diet for the first two weeks as the area heals
- If you opted for a two-stage implantation procedure, you’ll go in a few months later to have the abutment placed
- After the gums have healed, the dentist will make impressions of your teeth to create a permanent crown that matches with the rest of the teeth
- Then, your dentist will attach the crown
You’ll need to go back to see your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure your teeth are healing properly. All in all, the implantation process takes anywhere from three to nine months.
Are You Interested in Dental Implants?
Do you think dental implants are right for you? If you’re interested in getting started, or just want to learn more about the procedure, we can help at Sardinia Dental.
Schedule an appointment online today. We’ll let you know what we think of your teeth and which of the many types of dental implants is right for you.Leave a reply →