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In an ideal world, there would be no teeth lost after all your baby teeth fall out. Unfortunately, many adults lose teeth later in their life that they did not wish to lose.
Many times, the lost teeth are a result of poor hygiene, medical conditions, accidents or injuries. No matter the reason for the loss, missing teeth can lower self-confidence and keep people from smiling.
Luckily, with the help of artificial teeth called implants, lost teeth can be easily replaced, and a smile can be brought back to life.
If you’re dealing with a lost tooth and wondering about your implant options, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to break down each type of implant and what they work best for so that you can find the solution to your dental problems and recover the smile you once knew.
Basically, a dental implant is an artificially made tooth root. It’s surgically inserted into the jawbone to function as a normal root to create a solid foundation for a tooth.
Many people incorrectly believe that the implant is the entire tooth, from the root to the crown. In fact, it’s just the root portion. The tooth portion seen from inside the mouth is called a crown. This is separate from the implant itself.
Implants may be needed for adults who have lost an adult tooth. However, not everyone will be a good candidate for implants. There are many factors to consider before determining if an implant is right for you:
There are two primary kinds of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. There are also two other kinds of implants, mini and instant, that could be an option for you.
Dental implants typically made of titanium and shaped like small screws are of the endosteal type. These are placed at the jawbone and are the most common implant used. Once this implant has fused into the jawbone and the tissue around it has healed, the dental post is then fitted, and the crown can be added.
These are dental implants placed above or on the jawbone rather than in it. The healing process will allow the metal and the bone to fuse together to create a secure foundation. This kind of implant is used especially on patients without a healthy enough jawbone for the endosteal option.
Mini implants, though a few decades old, are still a relatively new dental procedure. These implants act similarly to regular implants, but they are about half the size and are much less invasive.
This option works best for those who have less bone structure and need to heal faster. These don’t provide the same kind of stability that you will find from endosteal implants, but they are a faster and less expensive option.
This option is not widely offered as it only works in a few cases. This kind of implant can be placed in the jaw nearly immediately after tooth loss occurs. Instant implants will only work if the bone and gums around the tooth are intact and infection-free.
If you have a jawbone that cannot support dental implants, there are several techniques that can be used to restore the jawline, rebuild the bone, and create a sturdy enough foundation for an implant. These techniques include:
Dental implants are made with two main materials: zirconia and titanium.
Titanium alloy is the other
material option for your implants. The additional metals in the alloy allow for
a stronger implant base. This is the most common material option, having been
used worldwide for far longer than Zirconia has. The titanium option is also
cheaper and allows the surgeon a bit of extra control during the fitting. When
getting titanium isn’t possible, however, Zirconia is still a good choice.
No matter which type of implant you end up choosing, once the procedure is finished and the implant has healed, you will be on your way to a new artificial tooth that will fill in your smile and raise your self-confidence. With proper consideration and the help of a good doctor, an implant can completely change the way you look and feel.
If you’re seeking a dental implant to restore your smile to its former glory, call Crescent Heights Dental today! We can set you up with a consultation appointment and address any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to taking care of your smile.