Artificial roots which are placed in the jaw to hold a bridge or replacement tooth are called dental implants. If you have lost a tooth or teeth because of periodontal disease or through injury, dental implants will most likely be the procedure recommended for you.
Two Common Types of Dental Implants:
Endosteal Implant (In the Bone)
Endosteal implants are the most popular type of implant. Through surgery, a cylinder, blade or screw is placed in the jawbone depending on your individual requirements. One or more sets of prosthetic teeth can be held per implant. Generally, this type of implant is most popular with patients using bridges or dentures which are removable. Subperiosteal (On the Bone)
Subperiosteal implants are fitted on top of the jawbone rather than in it. This type of implant leaves a metal post protruding through the gum once set. These posts are what holds your prosthetic in place. This type of implant is most popular with patients who have minimal bone height and are therefore not able to avail of the in bone option.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Dental Implant Service?
The ideal patient for this procedure needs to have great oral and general health. Having adequate bone in the jaw is another important requirement. The jawbone is vital for supporting dental implants. Patients with healthy gums and are free of periodontal disease are considered the ideal candidates for these treatments.
Caring for Dental Implants
To ensure your teeth stay healthy, it is vital to maintain a great oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist at regular intervals. Dental implants are no different and require the same amount of dental check ups and hygiene routine. Correct brushing and flossing daily are important to ensure your implants stay clean and plaque free.
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