Options for Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most preferred ways to replace missing teeth. They require little maintenance, look, act, and feel like real teeth, and last a lifetime if you take care of them properly.
There are several different options for implants, which depend heavily on your individual situation, health, and oral needs. A visit to Oak Park Dental for a consultation about getting dental implants can provide you with more in-depth information, as implants are a very personalized solution to missing or damaged teeth. However, here is a brief overview to help you gain a basic understanding of how the different options work, when they're needed, and what types of implants may best suit your current situation.
Types of implants
Depending on your needs, you can get any of the following:
- Implants with separate posts and abutments: These implants feature a post that's inserted either under your gum or in the jawbone (depending on your jaw health and structure) with a screw or cement-on crown. These allow you to really customize the look of your new teeth, as you can attach nearly any crown to a post.
- One-piece implants: These implants are one solid piece, and present some interesting advantages over implants with separate posts and abutments. These implants won't ever come loose (seeing as they're one solid piece) while the crown on a post implant may at times become wobbly, especially if you choose the screw-on crown option. They also can look more aesthetically pleasing for missing front teeth in comparison to implants with separate posts and abutments.
- Implant-supported bridges: These implants are just what they sound like — a dental bridge supported by implants. If you need extensive bridgework done, implant-supported bridges are a good route to take. Give how long modern implants last, they can often last longer than your natural teeth that give way to decay or gum disease. If that's the case in your future, the existing implant-supported bridges in your mouth can be used to form the basis of additional bridgework for future implants.
Should I get an implant in my gum or jawbone?
Implants are a very personalized area of dentistry. No two people's mouths are alike, and there are many factors that go into determining whether you should get an implant placed under your gum or directly in your jawbone.
- Endosteal Implants: These are the implants that are placed directly in your jawbone. They're shaped just like screws, and are the most commonly used form of implants. They're sturdy and stable, and can be used to anchor bridgework should you need any done in the future. However, if you have a shallow jawbone, these aren't the implants for you.
- Subperiosteal Implants: These are the implants that are placed under the gum but either on, or just above, your jawbone. These implants are used on patients who have shallow jawbones and don't want to undergo surgery in order to fix that existing jaw issue.
Myriad options exist for dental implants, especially with the advancement of dental technology. A consultation at Oak Park Dental is the best way to determine what types of implants will best suit you and your needs. If you're in need of dental implants in Madsion, WI, schedule a consultation with us today. We're happy to help you and restore your smile to what it once was.