Types of Dental Implants
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are for individuals who have lost teeth in any number of ways. It’s generally a good option to undergo surgery to insert a dental implant so that the rest of your teeth stay in line and you do not have any oral health issues. There are a few reasons to get dental implants and a couple of options available. Dr. Sid Solomon can help you with your dental implants so that your smile is as stunning as ever!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth, generally made of titanium or zirconium. They’re specifically made so that they won’t decay or corrode over time due to the many different materials in the mouth.
Why get dental implants?
Usually, dental implants are needed if you have lost a tooth. It may have been irrevocably damaged due to trauma, needed to be pulled because of an infection, or been knocked loose after an impact. With dental implants, you retain the look of your smile, which is very important for most people.
What are the different types of dental implants?
Dental implants can either be single implants, multiple implants, or entire replacements.
Single Implant: If a single tooth has been lost, then it makes sense to get a single implant. A screw is inserted into the jawbone to hold the tooth in place, and it will fuse to the bone after a few months. Once the post has healed, a prosthetic tooth will be inserted on top of it.
Multiple Implants: If multiple teeth have been lost, you’ll need a bridge. Two implants will be inserted into your jaw that will essentially serve as posts, while the teeth that are missing in the middle will not have an implant. The missing teeth will stretch across the gap, similar to how a bridge spans a river.
Full Replacement Implants: Numerous teeth may have been lost due to trauma or infection. If this is the case, it may be much easier to simply remove the remaining teeth and choose dentures, which can be fixed into place with implants. They are different from traditional dentures, which can slip out of place and can get lost. Dentures held in place with implants are the same as your regular teeth, and you care for them the same way you did before.
Am I eligible for implants?
You can consult with Dr. Sid Solomon to check if you are eligible for implants. We will conduct a full scan of your oral health; many factors go into determining if you’re a good candidate for implants, and we will go through all of them with you.
In some cases, an additional surgery called a bone graft may need to be performed to ensure that enough bone is present for the implant to take hold. This will ensure that the implant is accepted by your jaw.