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Many people lose teeth throughout the course of their lives for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, these people are all faced with the same basic options for replacement of those teeth. For hundreds of years, patients could only choose dentures. Today there are more options than ever, and many patients are choosing dental implants due to many of their benefits. As dental science progresses, even more, dental implant options have become available.
When looking at dental implant options, it is important to educate yourself on the possibilities that are currently available. There are four types of dental implant treatments available. Each has specific benefits and drawbacks.
Single-Stage Dental Implants
This implant uses a surgical procedure in which a post is installed into the jawbone. The post itself will protrude out of the gums. As the implant heals into the bone, the post will remain exposed. After a few months, we can then install your abutment and restoration directly onto the post without having to make any additional cuts.
Two-Stage Dental Implants
Two-stage dental implants occur in two different phases. The first operation installs a dental implant into the jaw bone. The implant is then allowed to heal for a few months, and then our dentist will conduct a second procedure to expose the original implant and attach the temporary crown or restoration.
Endosteal/Osseous Dental Implants
This procedure typically uses a two-stage dental implant and are used in place of a bridge or dentures. The procedure attaches the implant into the bone but uses a specific coating that is a synthetic substitute for bone. This coating allows the body to recognize the implant as part of the body. The implant is then able to form to the jaw in a biochemical bond that holds the implant to the bone.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
These implants are placed with the single-stage process, but instead of being placed into the bone, there is a framework that is laid over the bone, like the saddle on a horse. This implant type is typically used to cover a larger area than just a single tooth. This procedure can be used when patients have experienced a large amount of bone resorption, and there isn’t enough bone material to support endosteal implants. The framework itself is placed under the gums, but there are posts that protrude through the gums where the false tooth is attached.
Care of Implants
There are many advantages of implants over dentures in general. Implants allow patients to maintain their dental health more easily than traditional dentures or other removable dental work. Implants are also composed of materials that are as durable as your natural teeth. They are also less likely to harbor harmful bacteria.
Typically, patients who have implants can treat their dental work just like their normal teeth. They should brush twice a day, floss, and get regular checkups with their dentist. These regular checkups allow their dentist to monitor and inspect the dental work for any signs of wear or any required adjustments.
Many patients today aren’t held to just a single option for their dental replacement choices. If you have been considering dentures or other tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment at Dentistry at Power Ranch today at 480-405-1300.