Dental implants refer to the thin bars of metal that are surgically positioned into a patient’s jawbone. Once this is done, they enable your dentist to screw replacement teeth on to them.
These are a lot more convenient than dentures. They do not slip off your jaw or look artificial. They are set on your jawbone in a stable manner and are a one-time investment.
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
These implants are drilled into the jawbone. They are usually shaped like small screws and are the most common kind of implant. This screw serves as an artificial root to which the denture will be hooked.
The way you know you’re a viable candidate for this type of dental implant is if you have good health in general. This consists of healthy gums, free of any periodontal diseases. Another important factor that comes into play is having a fully developed jawbone. This means those younger children are not viable candidates.
Endosteal implants require a long time to install. You should be willing to commit many weeks, even months, to recovery time and wait for new bone to grow in your jaw.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
This kind of dental implant is placed under the gum. What’s different here is that these implants are not drilled into the jawbone but are rather placed over on or above it.
This implant is well-suited to those patients who have poorly developed jawbones.
This procedure takes place over two stages, during the first stage, the gum is exposed and impressions are taken of the jaw bone in order to form the metal frame. Next, incisions are made on the gum to insert the metal frame across the jaw bone. The gums are stitched back up and the patient is allowed a recovery period.
After a few weeks, the orthodontist will fit/screw the tooth implants on the metal frame. These dental implants benefit those patients who have weaker jaws and cannot handle having implants drilled into the jawbone—weaker jaws mean that they will have to wait a long time to wait for the jaw bone to grow back.
If you’re considering getting dental implants then its best you get as soon as possible. If you’re looking for a dental clinic in Bethesda, then get in touch with us at Bethesda Dental Health. We provide more than just dental implants! From bone grafting to dental implants, we provide many more dental services.
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