There are many ways to restore missing teeth nowadays, but dental implants offer a few unique advantages.
Unlike bridges or dentures, implants don't just cover the gap but also restore the functionality of your mouth. That's because an implant is placed into the jawbone and acts similarly to the root of a natural tooth. This provides constant stimulation to the jawbone and helps prevent bone loss.
Moreover, because the implant sits in your jawbone, it feels very natural.
Now, if you are reading this, you're probably already convinced by the benefits of implants. The question is: How are you going to choose the best one for you?
Three Types of Dental Implants
- Endosteal Implants: When we talk about dental implants, we usually refer to endosteal implants. These look like a small screw that is placed directly into the jawbone. After they fuse with the bone, the abutment and dental crown are attached to the screw.
- Subperiosteal Implants: With these implants, the metal post is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. The post will protrude through the gums and once it has fused with the gum tissue, a dentist near you will attach the dental crown.
- Zygomatic Implants: These types of dental implants are only used when a patient has insufficient bone in the upper jaw. The implant is placed in the cheekbone (zygoma) instead of the jawbone.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with inserting the metal post. The dentist will make an incision in the gum and place the implant.
It usually takes around ten days for the surgery site to heal, but the actual implant needs more than this to integrate with the surrounding tissue. The osseointegration stage can take between three and six months, depending on your oral and overall health and how carefully you're following the dentist's instructions.
Once this stage is completed, the dentist will attach a connector piece, known as the abutment. A few days later, they will place the dental crown too and your implant is completed.
What Implants Are Right For Me?
The only one who can give a definite answer is your dentist. That's because the answer depends on several factors, such as:
- The position of the missing tooth
- The number of teeth missing
- Your jawbone and gum health
- Your overall health
- Your expectations
If you are interested in dental implants but aren't sure which type is right for you or if implants are a good solution for you in the first place, Dr. Kim Lemire from Flossy Dental Group can help you find the answer.
You can reach out to us online and ask us more questions about dental implants or simply call our office at (310) 530-5252 and book an appointment with Dr. Kim. You can also contact us online to request your appointment.