If you are one of the many people who are missing teeth, you may be considering dental implants as an option to replace them.
Dental implants are a great solution for tooth loss, but before you make the decision to have them implanted, there are some things you need to know. In this slideshow, we will discuss what dental implants are, their benefits and how you can afford them so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not they are right for you.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are an alternative to dental bridges, which rely on adjacent teeth for support, and dentures, which can be unstable and uncomfortable.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that is well-tolerated by the body, and are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they will fuse with a person’s bone to provide a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Because implants eventually become a permanent part of a person’s mouth, they also provide a more natural fit for artificial teeth than traditional dentures.
Some other benefits of dental implants include:
- Increased comfort – dental implants feel and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak without difficulty.
- Improved appearance – dental implants can give you back your smile without looking fake.
- Enhanced dental health – because dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, there is no need to damage your existing healthy teeth.
- Durability – with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Prevent other health risks – gum disease has been linked to heart disease and strokes, so having healthy teeth can help you prevent other health risks as well.
What are the different types of dental implants?
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants are the most common type and are placed directly into the jawbone. Once in place, they serve as a base for artificial teeth, which can be attached to them using abutments.
Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, are placed under the gum but on top of the jawbone. They are typically used for people who have lost a significant amount of bone due to injury or disease and cannot support endosteal implants.
So, your dental health will determine the type of dental implant you’ll need. To see if they’re right for you, click on the next slide to find out who should get dental implants and how much they may cost.