Are you tired of your missing teeth? Do you want to get your full smile back? Well it may be time to look into getting dental implants. You deserve nothing less than a perfect smile. Here at Island Dental Associates, we want to tell you how our dental implants can do just that!
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing or damaged teeth by inserting artificial teeth or “crowns” into the jaw bone. While dentures are still more commonly used, dental implants have been rising in popularity and are even shown to be more comfortable than their predecessors. Don’t let your missing teeth get you down any longer! But before you get started, you may want to know about the different types of dental implants to consider.
- Endosteal implants are drilled into the jaw bone so that it is held below the gum line. The implants are typically cylinders, blades, or screws made from titanium or ceramic material in order to replace the missing root of the tooth. This surgical procedure is a two part process. The screw must be placed first to allow bone to grow around it and become stable enough to support an artificial tooth. This can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months. We do allow you the option of using a temporary tooth during the wait.
- Subperiosteal implants tend to be less common, but are still often used when an individual’s jaw bone is too narrow for the endosteal version. These implants work differently from the endosteal type because they are not drilled into the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants use a framework that protrudes above the tissue of the gums and uses this to insert posts.
- Transosteal implants are rarely done and can only be used for an individual’s lower jaw bone. For this procedure, a metal plate must be attached by drilling screws to the bottom portion of the lower jaw bone. It is a complicated surgical procedure with a low success rate.
Here at Island Dental Associates, we will work with you to find the right dental implant to fit your needs. Don’t hesitate to call or visit to learn more about our dental implants. Your smile is important to us!
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