Technology has come a long way in dentistry, and no longer are bridges and dentures the only options to fill missing teeth. Today, trusted dental professionals use various types of dental implants – a proven treatment with a 98% success rate for patients who wish to achieve their best smile. Here we take a closer look at the dental implant process and the different types that are available.
Dental Implant Basics
Created from pure titanium, dental implants include an artificial root, resembling a screw, that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and an abutment, a connector used to hold the artificial tooth in place. Over five million people in the United States get dental implants each year, a number that is consistently rising as dental implants are the only dental restoration option that promotes bone growth and preserves the natural bone.
The Different Types of Dental Implants
There are five different types of dental implants – endosteal, subperiosteal, All-on-4, implant overdentures, and implant-supported bridges.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant and are an ideal option for individuals with a strong, healthy jawbone. Shaped like a screw, the small titanium root is placed into the jawbone which holds the replacement tooth (or teeth).
When the jawbone is not substantial enough to hold the implant, subperiosteal implants are the next best option. Rather than being “screwed” into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed on or above the jawbone. A metal frame with an attached post is placed under the gum. As the gum heals, it holds the frame in place, and the replacement tooth (or teeth) are secured to the posts that are attached to the gum.
When four implants are used per jaw, it is known as an All-on-4 dental implant. An ideal alternative to dentures, the process involves a minor surgery in which a small screw is placed into the jaw to replace the root of the missing tooth. The replacement tooth is then securely connected to the screw.
Another alternative to traditional dentures is an implant overdenture – a process in which overdentures are placed on top of implants. Patients who opt for this type of implant no longer have to worry about denture adhesives and will benefit from improved speech, reduced discomfort, and stability. And bonus…existing dentures may be used.
Implant Supported Bridges
When one or more teeth are missing and the jawbone is not adequate to support an implant, implant-supported bridges are a great option. The process involves an initial surgery in which the implant is installed. Once the area has healed, it is followed up by a second surgery in which a small incision is made for the abutment. The last step of the process is the restoration stage in which a permanent bridge is attached.
Muscaro & Martini Dentistry – South Tampa’s Leading Cosmetic Dentistry
At Muscaro & Martini Dentistry, we are committed to helping you look, feel, and smile your best! Our knowledge and expertise paired with a state-of-the-art facility allows us to offer effective dental care with long-term results…guaranteed. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and would like to schedule a consultation, please call our South Tampa cosmetic dental office at 813-839-6999.