Dental implants can greatly improve your smile, giving you back your confidence and power of self-expression. But before you undergo this procedure, it helps to know the three main types of dental implants available to make sure they’re suited to your unique needs.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant and are fused straight onto the jawbone, providing an alternative to permanent dentures or bridges. If you only need to replace one tooth, this may be the best solution.
The endosteal implant comes in the shape of a cylinder, which consists of two screws and an abutment that fastens on top of the crown. The cylinder may have smooth surfaces or blades, and they are constructed from titanium, polymeric, or ceramic. The surgery commonly uses local anesthesia in our office along with sedatives. The final phase of the procedure, or the abutment, does not occur until six weeks after the implant when the surgeon will get an impression of the jaw to help them fit the crowns and teeth.
Other types of dental implants are subperiosteal implants, which are constructed from metal, and fastened below the gum tissue and over the jaw bone. The metal frame is constructed from molybdenum, chrome, or cobalt, and it gets attached after the gum heals from the first stage of the implant. Though it is not a common procedure these days, you may want to consider this option for replacing several teeth in one area if you cannot wear dentures, or you have low jaw bone density. When considering any type of dental implants in it’s important to consult with our medical team for expert advice.
When getting dental implants know that you have a wide range of choice. Mini-dental implants are ideal if you do not want conventional restorative procedures, or if you are not a candidate for them. The difference between mini-dental implants and standard implants is the size. A traditional implant measures three to six inches in diameter, while a mini-dental implant measures half this size.
Mini-dental implants have a titanium post with a ball, socket, and a rubber ring on the end. A mini-dental implant does not involve getting an abutment, which reduces the number of stages. A benefit of mini-dental implants is they require less healing time.
Do not let missing teeth ruin a smile. To determine the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation today with Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry and experience the highest-quality dental implants Champions Gate and Celebration, FL have to offer.