What are the Types of Dental Implants

If you have landed on this article, then probably you are considering having dental implants and want to determine what are the options available. Dental implants are dental structures designed to fill single or multiple interdental gaps or to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown or bridge. Therefore, based on your needs, there are various types of dental implants. We’ve listed the two main types of dental implants.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are primarily made of titanium. Endosteal implants are made to support the jaw bone. These implants are like small screws. Once these screws are inserted, the gums are allowed to heal for some time. When the gums are healed, a second surgery is required to connect the posts to the implants. These posts act as support for the dental implants to be installed. Once this is completed, depending on the number of implants to be installed, they are fitted to the posts. If there is a single implant, it is directly installed. If there are multiple implants, they are installed as a dental bridge or a denture.

Subperiosteal Implants

These implants consist of a metal frame that is installed onto the jawbone. This type of implant applies to patients who do not have a healthy jawbone. Once the patient’s gums start to heal after the installation of a metal frame, the frame gets attached or fixed to the gums. These frames consist of posts which further protrude from the gums. These posts are exactly where the artificial teeth are to be installed.

Taking Care of Your Implants

Artificial implants can be quite similar to our natural teeth. Not everyone can distinguish these teeth from natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, even these implants need to be taken care of. You can keep them clean by brushing and flossing daily. Also, make it a point to visit a dentist once every six months. If there is any problem with the dental implant restoration, then the dentist will be able to identify it and take necessary measures. For instance, if the dental implants have become loose, the dentist may fix them properly

When you opt for a dental implant, you must know that installing implants is a lengthy process and one may require to visit a dentist’s clinic several times. Once the dental implants are installed, the patient might have to visit the dentist for followup checks.

After the dental implants procedure is completed, you need to be mindful of what you eat. This is because before the dental implants are installed, the posts can be damaged when you eat some crunchy or solid foods. Your dentist will be able to guide you better regarding the types of foods that you need to consume.

If you want to know more about dental implants and if they are right for you, get in touch with a dental clinic near you.

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