A dental implant is a titanium screw or post that is implanted surgically into your jawbone underneath your gums. Once it is positioned, your dentist will be able to mount a replacement tooth onto the implant. According to SheenDentalImplants.co.uk, there are two types of dental implants:
- Endosteal Dental Implants: These are directly implanted into your jawbone. When the surrounding gum tissue has fully healed, you’ll undergo another surgery for connecting the screw to the tooth implant. The artificial tooth is then attached to the screw individually or along with a denture or bridge for multiple teeth.
- Subperiosteal Dental Implants: These include a metal frame that will be implanted into your jawbone right underneath your gums. As you wait for your gums to heal, the metal frame will fix itself to your jawbone. The screws or posts that are attached to the metal frame will be seen protruding through your gums. The artificial teeth are then attached to the posts.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants will provide stable and durable support for your artifical tooth or teeth since they are directly implanted into your jawbone. In addition, bridges or dentures that have been attached to your implants won’t shift or slip inside your mouth. This will ensure that your bridge, dentures, and crowns feel as close to the real thing as possible than traditional dentures or bridges.
For some, traditional dentures or bridges are very uncomfortable or even impossible because of bad ridges, gagging risks, or sore mouth spots. Additionally, traditional bridges should be attached to natural teeth on both sides of the blank space due to a missing tooth. With dental implants, adjacent natural teeth don’t have to be ground down or prepared in order to fit the new replacement teeth or tooth.
Note, however, that you must have sufficient bone and very healthy gums, so your bones can support the dental implants. You should also keep these support structures healthy. Proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are crucial to the success of your implants.