Dental implants are the best solution to getting your smile back. They are metal or ceramic posts
made to be fastened into your gums and to carry a replacement tooth. For some people, dentures
and bridges are quite uncomfortable. Dental implants give a more natural feel and appearance.
They stay in place, last longer and allow you eat your favorite foods.
There is a lot to know about dental implants. For instance, they are made of either titanium or
zirconia. Both materials are durable, capable and beautiful but with subtle differences. You could
choose one or the other. Dental implants also cost quite a lot because of the process involved and
other factors surrounding it.
Before you undergo the procedure, it is necessary to know all you can about the implant, process,
materials, and types. This is a concise description of the different types of dental implants. You
and your dentist can make a choice on which suits your situation best.
- Endosteal implant
Endosteal implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone for osseointegration to take place.
After some time the surrounding gum tissue would be completely healed, then a second surgery
is carried out. The post is connected to the original implant, and an artificial tooth or teeth is
attached to the posts individually. It can also be attached by group in a bridge or denture.
Endosteal implants are shaped like screws or cylinders quite small in size. They are the most
commonly used type of implant. In fact, it is generally referred to as the dental implant
- Subperiosteal implant
Subperiosteal implants are less known and are specifically carried out on patients who have a
shallow bone and are not open to the idea of rebuilding it or patients who cannot rebuild. In
subperiosteal implant, a metal frame is placed on the jawbone, just below the gum tissue. As
healing takes place, the frame becomes embedded in the jaw, and the posts attached to the frame
protrude through the gums. Finally, the artificial teeth are mounted or attached to the posts to
complete the process.Size also differentiates dental implants. There are the Mini and Micro implants. These implants are quite smaller than regular implants and take up less space. They are not commonly used but are suitable for patients with really narrow gaps between teeth.An implant procedure can only be determined after your dentist has seen your mouth. A consultation will lead the doctor to decide which method, size or other factor is suitable for you.