Dental implants can help patients who need to replace missing teeth due to decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury, or other factors. Dental implants provide an alternative to dental bridges and dentures. These appliances are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for the fixed (or removable) tooth that more naturally matches your teeth.
Dental implants can feel like your own teeth and can provide a better fit for more natural chewing and speech.
Types of Dental Implants
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be best. They are:
- Endosteal Implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.
- Subperiosteal Implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
Contact Comprehensive Dental Care
Your dental professionals at Comprehensive Dental Care can help you decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure and discuss the best course of action for the treatment. Call us today to schedule your appointment.