Do you need a dental implant?
Dental implants may be required by patients of all ages. It is for the ones who can no more wear a removable denture. If your tooth is decayed or damaged or you have a missing tooth, you should obviously opt for a dental implant. But you must have enough strong jaw bones to support dental implants.
Procedure followed during an implant:
First of all, the dentist places the implant surgically in either the upper or lower jaw as required. Then a ‘healing cap’ is placed over it for protection. Sometimes, bone grafting may be required, either before or during implant placement. At last the dentist will have a custom crown, bridge or denture made to fit the mouth in order to offer the natural look of a tooth to the implant.
Advantages of dental implants
- Implants that are properly done, provides durability forever
- They give a natural look to your teeth
- They provide support to the adjacent teeth
- It beautifies your look
- It provides strength to the jaw bones
- Implants become a part of your mouth and thus provide more comfort than dentures
- It helps you maintain better oral health
- Dental implants do not require the reshaping of the adjacent teeth
- They can be maintained easily by regular brushing
What are the different types of implants?
There are mainly two types of implants, which are as follows:
1. Endosteal implant
Endosteal implants are the most commonly used implants today. They are made of titanium and look like small screws. They are placed directly in the jaw bones.
2. Subperiosteal implant
Subperiosteal implants are used for patients who do not have enough strong jawbones and do not want to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to replace it. These implants are generally placed on the gum and above the jaw bone.
Apart from these two, there are also some other alternative implant options available, which are as follows:
3. Immediate load dental implants
The immediate load dental implants are placed onto an extraction socket or the healed site. Dentists attached a tooth-colored abutment to fix the teeth immediately. Dentists determine if your gums are strong enough to withstand this treatment.
MDI or mini dental implants are generally used to stabilize lower dentures. These are narrower and smaller in size than the regular implants.
5. All-on-4 implants
All-on-4 implants are placed on the gums, which avoids the need for bone grafting.
Are dental implants painful?
Dental implants are done only after you have been given local anesthesia. So, during the process, you will not feel any pain or even sensation in the gum. However, once the procedure of dental implant is over, you will be out of the anesthetic state and start feeling the pain. It is not extreme but unavoidable.
Reach out to the Perio Health Partners for the best dental implant services. Make sure you know well about your treatment and the probable outcomes.