What Are Dental Implants and Why Are They Used?

Put simply, dental implants are replacements for tooth roots. These implants provide a strong foundation for either permanent or removable tooth or teeth replacements, which are made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants are a good option for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason, such as cosmetic surgery.

 

There Are Two Types of Dental Implants

 

In the Bone (Endosteal)
This is the more common of the two types of implants used. They may include screws, cylinders, or blades that are surgically placed into the jawbone. An implant can hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Implants in the bone are usually used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.

On the Bone (Subperiosteal) 
This type of implant is placed on top of the jaw, and the metal framework’s posts protrude through the gum to hold the prosthetic tooth. These are typically used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures or who have minimal bone height.

Why Are Dental Implants Used?

Dental implants are used for a number of reasons and offer many advantages to those who undergo the procedure to get them.

Appearance. Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth, as they look and feel like your own. They are designed to fuse with bone, and so over time they become permanent.

Durability. Dental implants are a built to last, long-term solution, and will last many years. With good care, implants can last a lifetime.

Speech. With dental implants, you can speak easier than if you are speaking with dentures in your mouth, which may slip and and cause you to mumble your words. Dental implants allow those with them to speak without worry of their teeth slipping.

Oral health. Dental implants are immune to cavities, and actually help to protect your healthy teeth. They also don’t require reducing other teeth, so more of your own teeth are left intact, supporting long-term oral health.

 

These are just a few of the many advantages dental implants offer, which is probably why dental implants have been gaining in popularity. If you’re interested in dental implants, ask your dentist about implant restoration to see if dental implants are a provided service.

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