If you’re missing teeth or if your dentist recommended pulling teeth, you’re wondering what your options will be moving forward. For more and more people, dental implants are the answer, providing long-term tooth replacement and stability for the jawbone. Of course, you have options to choose from in implants. Which type of implant is right for you?
Partial implants are exactly what the name implies – implants that replace single teeth at a time. Partial implants fit into the jawbone, where a hole is drilled in for the metal base, usually a screw. Once the base is in place, a crown is fitted onto the implant to replace your tooth.
If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, you may consider an implant-supported bridge. This type of implant consists of two implants that fit into the jawbone, similar to the partial implant. The crowns then connect between them to replace the missing teeth.
If you need to replace most or all your teeth, your dentist may recommend an implant-retained denture. Like traditional dentures, this provides a full replacement of your upper or lower teeth (or both). However, where traditional dentures sit on the gum and require adhesive, implant-retained dentures fit into permanent implants.
Titanium is the most common material for implants. The metal is strong, body-safe, and integrates well into the bone structure. Another material has seen use in recent years as well – zirconia. This strong, durable material is quickly proving to be a good alternative to titanium, especially for patients who have allergies to metals that can rule out the use of titanium.
What If My Jawbone Can’t Support Implants?
Depending on your age and the health of your jawbone, you may not be able to receive dental implants. If your jawbone has deteriorated, your dentist has other options for your implants. The subperiosteal implant is placed above or on the jawbone instead of into it to support the implants. This gives you the benefit of a permanent smile without damaging already deteriorated bone.
How Do I Choose the Implant That Is Right for Me?
Our expert team of dentists will help you select the right dental implant for you. They look at your age, your needs (how many teeth need replacing), your oral and overall health, and other factors such as allergies and sensitivities. They will walk you through your options and the procedure from beginning to end and restore the smile you deserve.
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