Dental implants made their debut in the dental world in 1952 when they were created by a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Sweden. Since then, they have grown in popularity and are now considered the standard for a prosthetic replacement for teeth. There are now several types of dental implants available, depending on your budget, gum health, and overall health. At Roth Family Dentistry, our staff can help you decide which dental implant best fits your needs.
Why Use Dental Implants?
Dental implants were created to replace either one missing teeth, several teeth, or all of your teeth. This is a viable solution for most people and helps restore the functionality of your teeth and improve your smile. There are currently three options available when looking for replacement teeth, which include removable dentures, a fixed dental bridge, or dental implants.
Dentures were the first gold standard, but most people consider them a less desirable option. They are inconvenient since they must be removed each night, are not as sturdy as other options, and can affect your sensory and taste experiences with food.
Dental bridges eventually overtook dentures in popularity. However, they have disadvantages since they require a set of viable teeth besides the missing tooth. As a result, they were never an option for people who were missing an entire arch or all of their teeth.
Dental implants remove the dependency on your surrounding teeth. They are also the most secure since the process involves placing an implant into your jawbone, which fuses to it with time. This allows dental implants to work and operate like your normal teeth.
Different Types of Dental Implants
There are three types of dental implants, but only two are relevant in today’s dentistry. The three types are endosteal, subperiosteal, or All-on-4®. The type of implant you will need heavily depends on your gum and bone health.
Subperiosteal was the initial dental implant and was performed for years before the endosteal treatment, which is now another implant option. However, subperiosteal implants are rarely used in dentistry because they are placed above the bone in your jaw. This causes an extensive number of issues and high risk of failure since the implants do not fuse with the jawbone.
Endosteal is the most common type of dental implant and works ideally for people who have healthy gums. These implants are placed into the bone that your teeth connect to and eventually fuse with the bone. This makes these implants durable and is the most realistic tooth replacement. After the implant is placed, a porcelain tooth is placed on top of the implant to look like a natural tooth.
If you have unhealthy gums, usually from periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), you may not be eligible for an endosteal dental implant. However, a more recent procedure has been designed that is known as an All-on-4. This procedure can be done in a single day and requires four to six dental implants be placed. A set of dentures are made in-office and attached to the implants to give a full row of teeth. These are often as secure as endosteal implants and require significantly less surgery.
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement procedure on the market today. If you think a dental implant is right for you, our staff at Roth Family Dentistry wants to help. Give us a call today at 406-728-2745.