Ohio implant dentist explains the different types that are available
Dental implants are permanent restorations that are surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum. They are a popular option in the Dayton, OH area for patients who are currently missing teeth. Dental implants are a stable solution to support such prosthetics as dentures and bridges. Implants keep dentures from shifting or slipping and allow you to eat and speak properly.
Many people choose dental implants because they find ordinary bridges and dentures uncomfortable. Others have sore spots, insufficient ridges, or gag reflexes that keep them from being able to use traditional bridges or dentures. In addition, bridges attached to dental implants do not require adjacent teeth to be ground down to place a crown. Implants are functional and built to last a lifetime.
Most implants are composed of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that is extremely effective at fusing with existing bone structure, a process called osseointegration. Dental implants are not for everyone, you must have sufficient bone structure and healthy gums to support the implant. Dental implants can be long lasting with appropriate oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
There are several different types of dental implants:
Endosteal implants – These implants are surgically placed directly into the bone of the jaw. A subsequent surgery will be necessary to connect the abutment to the implant after the gum tissue has thoroughly healed. The final process is attaching an artificial tooth or teeth to the abutment.
Subperiosteal implants – These implants are composed of a metal frame that is inserted into the bone below the gum tissue. The frame will eventually become fused with the jawbone after the gums have healed. Artificial teeth are mounted to the posts.
Candidates for dental implants are patients who want to restore their smiles after missing teeth or those who want to replace a small bridge or partial denture. To find out more about the types of dental implants available, call our office today and schedule a consultation. Dr. Cobb will perform a full exam along with medical history to determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Back to Dental Implants Page