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If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant is an excellent solution. These replacement teeth options can even be used for multiple teeth that are missing, alone or with a bridge.
There are different types of dental implants available. While your dentist will discuss with you the dental implant options that may be right for you, it is helpful to have an understanding the different types of dental implants.
The type of dental implant that will be right for you will depend on your oral health and individual circumstances, and on whether you need a single tooth implant or multiple teeth replaced.
The types of dental implants vary in the dental implant techniques used, and in which individual cases they may be recommended for. At your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss the dental implant procedures in more detail.
Endosteal implants are most commonly placed. These consist of a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into your jaw bone to become the artificial tooth root. An abutment is placed when the post-surgery healing process has finished. The abutment allows the dental crown, which is the artificial replacement tooth, to be attached.
For this method of dental implant placement, the jawbone and gums need to be healthy. There needs to be enough bone, as implants bond directly to the bone, but without adequate bone mass, the implant post won't be secure enough. Bone grafting may be required first, to provide this secure base. With an endosteal implant, natural bone or synthetic bone graft material may be placed around the implant.
For patients who are unable to have an endosteal implant, or who would prefer an alternative, a subperiosteal implant can be a good option.
Subperiosteal implants are placed in the gum, instead of into the bone, so they rest on top of the bone. An impression of your jawbone will need to be taken with impression putty or CT scan-generated images to ensure the metal structure fits well.
A custom-made, cage-like metal frame is then placed underneath the gum to stabilize the dental implant. The dental implant will sit on the jaw bone arch, so that the bone will gradually bond to the metal. Once the gum tissue has healed, the crown is attached to a metal post that is attached to the cage and sticks out through the gums.
Subperiosteal implants may be recommended for patients with a shallower jawbone or those with health conditions that may prevent them from undergoing more invasive dental implant procedures, including conditions that may delay your healing process.
This technique for replacing several missing teeth enables a complete set of upper or lower teeth to be secured by just four implants. They are a good alternative to traditional dentures since they are more stable and comfortable. They work because the implants are inserted at a 45o angle which makes them stable enough to support a full set of artificial teeth.
All-on 4 dental implants may be recommended where several missing teeth need to be replaced and where there may be limited bone structure to secure implants, because the angle of implantation makes the most of the bone that is present.
Zygomatic implants are less common than the other types of dental implants, but may be used if bone augmentation isn't feasible. Zygomatic dental implants differ from other implants because they are inserted into the cheekbone instead of the jawbone.
Mini dental implants, or small-diameter implants, are much thinner than other dental implants. They can be inserted using less-invasive methods. They are usually used to secure an implant retained denture, to avoid loose dentures.
Dental crowns, or the false teeth part of dental implants can come in a variety of materials. You can have metal, usually gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal. There are also ceramic, all porcelain, acrylic, zirconium, and composite resin crowns.
For several missing teeth, dental implants can secure a bridge, known as an implant-supported bridge. These are more secure than removable dentures.
Dental implants offer a range of benefits. They look and function more like natural teeth compared to other replacement tooth options. They help keep the surrounding teeth in place, and are long lasting.
Because of the post simulating the actions of a tooth root, and stimulating the bone, implants help prevent bone loss. This in turn helps maintain your bone structure and facial features, and reduces the risks of more teeth falling out.
In addition, they are easy to care for, only needing regular brushing and flossing.
Wonsch Dental offers implant dentistry services, and can consult with you about which of these types of dental implants you might be a good candidate for.
If you have a missing tooth, or know you may be needing a tooth extraction in the near future, now is a good time to consider options for replacement teeth.
Dental implants are replacement teeth options used to address missing teeth. They can be used for single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth with or without a bridge. Dental implants provide a stable, natural-looking solution that helps maintain oral health and aesthetics.
There are several types of dental implants:
The specific procedure varies based on the type of implant. Endosteal implants involve a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone, while subperiosteal implants rest on top of the bone. All-on-Four implants use four angled implants to support a full set of teeth. Zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone, and mini dental implants are thinner and less invasive.
Dental implants offer numerous benefits:
Dental crowns for implants come in various materials including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, all porcelain, acrylic, zirconium, and composite resin. The choice depends on factors such as aesthetics, durability, and your dentist's recommendation.
An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to secure a bridge for multiple missing teeth. This option provides greater stability compared to removable dentures.
Your dentist will assess your oral health and individual circumstances to recommend the suitable type of dental implant. Factors such as bone health, bone structure, and your overall health will play a role in the decision-making process.
Yes, Wonsch Dental offers implant dentistry services. They can guide you through the options and help you determine which type of dental implant might be the best fit for your needs.
If you have a missing tooth or anticipate a tooth extraction, it's a good time to consider replacement options like dental implants. They offer a durable and natural-looking solution for restoring your smile and maintaining oral health.
Wonsch Dental are caring professionals who will answer all of your questions. We offer a range of general and comprehensive dental services in Windsor, including oral surgery services and Dental Implants, so you can have all your care in one place that knows you. Visit us at 3090 Dougall Ave. Suite 306 Windsor, ON Canada N9E 1S4, or call us at 5192586812.