What Type Of Dental Implant Is Right For You?

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Dental implants are becoming more popular and for good reason. They won't suddenly become loose in the middle of dinner like dentures can and they can be used to replace any number of teeth. They are a more permanent solution used to replace missing teeth and there's no need to adopt special cleaning practices when you have implants. They can be made to match the natural colour of your teeth and they are strong enough to allow you to enjoy all your favourite foods. So, if you'd like to support the health of your mouth and boost your smile at the same time, read on to learn a bit more about three popular types of dental implants on the market today.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants seem to be the type that are most popular with patients, which is likely due to the fact that they are suitable for most people provided they have a healthy jawbone. A healthy jawbone is required because endosteal implants need to fuse with the post of the implant. The post is made of titanium and is inserted into the jaw through the gum. The tooth part of the implant is then attached to the post, and when the post fuses with the jawbone you will have a strong, durable implant that should also feel like a natural tooth.

Subperiosteal Implants

If you're not a suitable candidate for endosteal implants, or you simply don't like the idea of a titanium post fusing with your jawbone, a subperiosteal implant could be right for you. This type of implant still utilises a titanium post, but it is attached to a metal frame and sits just above the jawbone. As the gum tissue heals, the frame is securely held in place to create a strong implant.

Zygomatic Implants

If you're not able to have an endosteal implant and your gum tissue is not healthy enough for a subperiosteal implant, your dentist may recommend a zygomatic implant. Your zygomatic arch, commonly referred to as your cheekbone, is used for this type of implant. Longer implant posts are required for zygomatic implants, as they need to pass through your maxillary sinus cavities to your zygomatic arch. Once in place, the posts will fuse with your cheekbone in the same way they would fuse with your jawbone with endosteal implants.

If you're considering dental implants, you likely have some questions. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss the right type for you. 


14 February 2023

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