Many people now find themselves needing dental implants. However, not everyone has a clear definition of what they are. In its most basic form, dental implants are false teeth that last forever. There are two types of dental implants people may need.
One type of implants done by a dentist are Endosteal. An endosteal implant is inserted into a person’s jawbone. The implant usually consists of titanium. It is usually the shape of a smaller screw that holds a tooth in place. However, it can also be in the shape of a plate or a cylinder. Most people that need dental implants need this type.
The other type of implant is Subperiosteal. This type of implant belong under a person’s gums. Unlike the Endosteal, this type does not go into the jawbone; rather, it goes above it or directly on top of it.
Subperiosteal implants are generally given to those who don’t have a normal, healthy jawbone. Though a jawbone can be rebuilt with a bone augmentation, not everyone wants to or can have this procedure done.
Undergoing a bone augmentation will regenerate/restore the jaw bone. This makes it strong enough to support the placement of implants. However, there are other techniques that accomplish the same task.
A sinus augmentation/elevation is one of them. It requires people to have bone put beneath their sinuses. This is done when one’s upper back teeth are missing, causing the bone to deteriorate in quality.
Another way to accomplish the task is to get a ride expansion. Not everyone has a wide enough jaw to accommodate an implant. Material from a bone graft is then taken and makes a new ridge on top of a person’s jaw.
Which dental implant a person receives is generally at the discretion of his or her dentist. However, people have other options when it comes to getting these implants. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Since the two mentioned above are the most commonly used, those in need of dental implants will want to find out more about both. These types of dental implants can help people improve their oral health and overall well being.