A dental implant is a tooth-like root made of titanium that is positioned in the jawbone just beneath the gum line using a surgical procedure. When it is placed replacement teeth can be mounted on the jaw. A dental implant is strong and it’s not loose like a denture can. They are beneficial to the general oral health as they are anchored to other teeth like bridges.
If you want to place dental implants then your gums ought to be healthy and have adequate bone support. If your bone is soft or too thin and cannot support the implant, then you will require a bone graft. On the other hand, if the sinuses are close to the jaw or in the upper jaw there is not enough bone height you will need a sinus lift. Remember it is important to take care and maintain the implants by ensuring oral hygiene and cleanliness.
Types of Dental Implants
They are the most common dental implants and suitable for most of the patients. The post of the implant requires a healthy and strong jawbone where it can be fused. The posts are placeholder ones and they assume the shape of screws. They are put into the jaws where the denture is fitted onto. It takes a little time to heal before they are fused together to create a stronghold as it is a painful procedure. After it is healed, the false teeth are placed onto the post so as to fit in with the surrounding teeth.
This is another type of dental implant and it is the main alternative for Endosteal Implant. This implant is not fixed into the jawbone but instead it rests on the bone but still, it is beneath the gum. The gum is attached with post and under it is where the metal frame is placed. Later the gum heals around the frame so as to hold it in place. The false teeth are then attached to the poles which are coming from the gum. This procedure is done when a patient lacks enough jawbone where an implant can be placed.
Zygomatic implants have the most complicated procedure and it can only be done if you do not have enough jawbones to place Endosteal implant. This implant is not placed on the jawbone but indeed it is placed in the cheekbone.
Immediate load Dental Implants
This type of dental implant allows placement of temporary teeth. The same day when you place your implant is the same day you will be placed the temporary tooth. It can be an option to a patient if the patient has enough bone and enough implant to support pressure and placement of the temporary tooth.
Mini Dental Implants
These types of dental implants are extremely narrow; they assume the size of a toothpick. They are mainly used to ensure the stability of the lower denture. They are acceptable to use but less innovative as compared to other implants.