Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants have always remained a topic for discussion in the world of dentistry. They have helped countless people replace their decayed or damaged teeth with artificial ones that look just like natural teeth. If you are looking to restore your missing teeth, dental implants are a sound choice for restoration.
At Lanier Valley Dentistry, we provide many dental restoration treatments including dental implants. So, if you are looking to get back your perfect smile, we would be more than happy to help you in your journey to recovery.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made out of titanium that is put in place of a damaged or broken tooth. Once it fuses with the gum tissue, a dentist will place the crown on top of it using abutments. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are a permanent restoration. In other words, they can last you a lifetime if taken care of properly.
There are different types of dental implants available on the market and our dentists can help you pick the one that suits your needs. The type of dental implant you will end up getting largely depends on the type of tooth damage you have.
First up, we have the endosteal implant. An endosteal implant is the most commonly used type of tooth implant. Since it is so common, it is suitable for both, a single-tooth implant and multiple tooth implants.
An endosteal implant requires you to have a strong and sturdy jawbone as titanium screws or cylinders are fitted into the place of the missing tooth surgically. In other words, the titanium cylinder acts as an artificial root for the artificial tooth which is then later posted into the root. Keep in mind that there are several different kinds of screws including bladed and flat types. Our experts will always help you pick the best one.
Next up is a subperiosteal implant. If you have a jawbone that is damaged, too short, or too narrow, a subperiosteal implant is for you. Subperiosteal implants fit into your jawbone under your gum to support dentures. Subperiosteal implants take two procedures to fit in. In the first procedure, your gum line close to the area of the missing tooth is cut open to make the mold of your jawbone.
The incision will then be closed until the time of the second procedure during which the implant is placed onto your bone. The time between the first and the second procedures largely depends on the time it takes for your jaw to heal. However, it is still a shorter procedure than getting an endosteal implant which takes longer to heal. The most common case in which a subperiosteal implant is used is typically when you do not have enough height in your jawbone.
At Lanier Valley Dentistry, we understand your oral health is important. We provide many dental services including dental restorations like dental implants and more. To learn more about dental implants or to book an appointment with us, do not hesitate to reach us at (678) 802-8654.