If you’ve lost a tooth due to periodontitis, injury, or tooth decay, you might be considering getting a dental implant. In this age of advanced medicine, there is really no reason to leave a gap in your teeth because dental implants are a simple enough option get your smile whole and sparkling again. Here are 4 things you may have not known about dental implants:
There are two types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are placed in the bone and are the most commonly used. They include screws placed into the jawbone that hold one or multiple artificial teeth.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jaw. They use a metal framework that protrude through the gum to hold the tooth in place. This type of implant is used for patients who cannot wear dentures or do not have enough bone height to use endosteal implants.
Eligibility most often depends on how large your jawbone is. There must be enough bone present to anchor the implant. Younger children whose jaws are still developing are usually not good candidates, and many adults simply do not have enough bone for the procedure. There are ways around this problem however, such as surgical procedures that graft bone to your jaw. Tooth decay or gum disease will need to be corrected before implants can be inserted, and people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation are often ineligible. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate for implants and discuss solutions to prepare your mouth for the procedure.
Dental implants should last for the rest of your life. They are meant to be permanent, so investing in them once doesn’t commit you to a lifetime of replacing them whenever they “go bad.” Of course, this depends largely on you. Your own teeth are also meant to last forever, but if you aren’t taking proper care of them, they’ll decay. Dental implants need to be properly cared for too. There are other factors that aren’t always foreseeable, such as genetics and possibilities of gum disease, but if all goes according to plan, you’ll never have to worry about getting a replacement implant.
4. Oral Hygiene
If you have a full set of dentures or even just a few teeth, you might think that you don’t need to worry as much about oral hygiene. In fact, brushing and flossing is just as important with false teeth as it is with real teeth. You will also need to still see a dentist regularly to check that the dental implants are doing their job correctly and aren’t in danger of infection or damage.
If you have further questions about dental implants, feel free to give our office a call. We’re more than happy to help!