Dental Implants - Types, Benefits and Treatment Options

Dental implants are metal posts, typically made from titanium, that are surgically implanted in the jawbone to allow for replacement teeth to be positioned onto them.  

The metal posts fuse into your jawbone, through a process called osseointegration, allowing a solid, stable structure for artificial teeth.

Dentures, bridges and crowns can all sit more comfortably on dental implants and prevent slipping and discomfort from traditional methods. This makes eating and speaking easier and the artificial teeth feel more natural.

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Type of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants:

Endosteal implants are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone and once in place a post is connected to the implant before the artificial tooth is attached to the post.

Subperiosteal implants involve a metal frame that is fitted to the jawbone, below the gum-line. The post is then attached to the frame once the frame has fused to the jawbone. Finally, the artificially teeth are attached to the post.

Reasons for getting Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used for anyone missing a tooth from decay, injury or disease provided that their gums are in good health and they have enough bone density to hold the implant. It is not recommended that children get dental implants until the jaw has finished growing.

Benefits of getting Dental Implants

There are many good reasons to choose dental implants:

  1. They are the closest alternative to natural teeth. Once installed the tooth should feel and act like a natural tooth and do not ever need to be removed as with dentures.
  2. Dental implants are built to last and therefore do not require replacement over the patient’s lifetime. While other alternative may seem cheaper they may need to be replaced a few times thereby increasing the cost and the inconvenience.
  3. Normal day to day activities such as speaking and eating are easy with dental implants and favourite foods do not have to be avoided for fear of damage or loosening of other dental solutions such as dentures.
  4. Implants do not require any damage to surrounding teeth for installation therefore protecting your remaining healthy teeth.
  5. Losing a tooth can cause your mouth to become misshapen and cause embarrassment when smiling or trying to speak. With dental implants, the face’s natural shape is maintained and there is every reason to smile again.

What’s involved in getting Dental Implants?

The procedure for getting an implant fitted involves first a plan of treatment. Every case will be different and a qualified dental implant surgeon will set out the plan.

The tooth root implant will be fitted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. This will be allowed to heal for up to 12 weeks as the jawbone fuses around the implant. A small connector post called an abutment will be attached to the root. Finally, a replacement tooth will be made to match exactly existing teeth where it will be attached on to the abutment.

Once installed and healing has completed dental implants should cause little issue however good dental hygiene must be maintained as well as regular dental check-ups.