Types of Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants

Jul 07

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in your jaw to keep a replacement tooth or bridge in place. This dental service is meant for clients with missing tooth or teeth, due to periodontal disease (such as Gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily) or an injury, to fully restore their natural looking, beautiful smile.  

There are three main types of implants: root implant, plate form implant, and subperiosteal implant. These types are meant for single tooth replacement, anterior replacement, posterior replacement or full upper replacement.

a. Root implant. This is the most popular and the most effective type of implant because it matches the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. It is also as strong as the patient’s original tooth.

A root implant treatment takes anywhere from three to eight months. First, the implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia. Once it has healed and integrated with the bone, the implant is then fitted with the new tooth.

b. Plate Form implant. This is a long and thin implant that is anchored into thin jawbones; it is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant.

c. Subperiosteal implant. This is the type of implant performed when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support an implant.

As explained by the American Academy of Periodontology, dental implants are closely connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth, thus, the ideal candidate for a dental implant is someone in good general and oral health. This means that adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, therefore, the best candidate should have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

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