Why are dental implants necessary?
There are a few reasons why dental implants are necessary. One of the main reasons is for proper function, which is chewing with the teeth to help break down food to nourish the body. The second is to improve one’s smile and confidence. Another is to replace decaying teeth that are causing infection but still give an individual the feeling of teeth that are natural.
Are dental implants like dentures?
No, dental implants are not like dentures. Dental implants are surgically put into place within the jaw where original root canals of teeth used to be. Once the implants are put into place they do not have to be taken out at night time during sleep or for cleaning like you would with dentures.
Most importantly dental implants look, feel and act like original teeth whereas dentures sometimes lose function during eating and can sometimes randomly come unglued which can be embarrassing for the individual who has them.
What are the different types of dental implants?
The two dental implants considered safe by the American Dental Association are the endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. In order to figure out which dental implants are the best fit, an examination of the mouth and x rays of the jaw will need to be done.
What are endosteal implants?
The endosteal implants are surgically implanted into the jaw bone and the gum tissue is allowed to heal around it for a more natural function, feeling, and appearance. These are the most common implants requested by patients needing or desiring implants.
What are the subperiosteal implants?
The subperiosteal implants are fitted implants that have a metal frame that attaches to the jawbone with the use of posts. However, these implants sit below the gum tissue and don’t always look as natural as the endosteal implants do when it comes to creating a natural smile, but they do function and work like regular teeth. With that said, they are the best alternative to dentures, which most people prefer not to get.
Are there any other types of dental implants out there?
Yes, some dentists use single-stage dental implants. These implants are ones that are surgically placed further into the jawbone than the endosteal implants and part of them are left exposed below the gumlines. This is so the dentist can go back as healing occurs in the mouth to install other parts of the implants to create proper function of teeth and a healthier appearing smile a person can love.
Bottom Line for Implants
With that said, it is still important to keep in mind that skipping proper oral hygiene when dental implants are put into place can still lead to gum disease and infection. If infection and disease does occur with implants, removal of the implants might be necessary in order to heal the gums and jaw again, which is a process no one wants to go through. Daily oral care of dental implants is essential for always having a smile that will last a lifetime and teeth that can keep an individual enjoying the food they love throughout their life.