Losing a tooth can be devastating and can have a negative impact on your smile and self-confidence. Dental implants are a comfortable and permanent treatment option. Implants can restore full mouth function and your smile following the loss of a tooth from decay, injury, extraction, periodontal disease or other conditions.
Dental implants provide long-term or permanent fixation of crowns, dental bridges or dentures while helping to stop bone loss in the jaw. They are as comfortable as natural teeth and look completely natural.
Should I have a bridge or a dental implant?
Bridges do not require surgery and are less costly. However, they are not as durable or long-lasting as an implant. Dental implants require more healing time, as the implant must be surgically implanted into the jawbone. This helps the implant stay stable and firm.
Replacing teeth with implants
- When you lose a tooth, it's important to replace it as soon as possible. A missing tooth can cause a number of problems, including:
- Difficulty chewing and speaking
- Unattractive gaps in your smile
- Increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay
- Loss of bone in the jaw
Dental implants are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a small metal post that is placed in the jawbone to act as a support for a new tooth. The new tooth, which can be made from porcelain or ceramic, is then attached to the implant.
Types of dental implants
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are placed directly into the jawbone, while subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone. Both types of dental implants can be used to support artificial teeth, such as dentures or bridges.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are made of metal, and they are placed directly into the jawbone. Once in place, endosteal implants can be used to support artificial teeth, such as dentures or bridges.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone, just under the gum tissue. They are made of metal, and they are less popular than endosteal implants. However, subperiosteal implants can be a good option for people who do not have enough jawbone to support an endosteal implant.