Dental implants are a safe alternative to having bridges or dentures. They allow you to replace missing teeth with something that is as close to your own teeth as possible. Applying dental implants is possible for just about anyone as long as they are in good health and are willing to maintain good oral hygiene.
In the 1950s, medical professionals realized that living human bone can fuse with titanium. They created a combined structure that is impossible to separate. This process is known as osseointegration. It led the way for dental implants.
Traditional dental implants can take around 18 months to completely settle in. Although they do require extensive work to your gums and jaws, they are generally considered to be safe. Dental implants are divided into two categories. There are endosteal and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal dental implants are the most common type of dental implants used. They are for patients who have no special circumstances and who are in good health.
These implants are basically screws or cylinders that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The implant sits in your jawbone while the fusion between the bone and the titanium takes place. A temporary bridge can be used to address the aesthetic impact of having a missing tooth.
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative option for individuals who are not a candidate for traditional dental implants as well as those who are not a candidate for traditional dentures. This procedure is performed on individuals who have a weak jawbone or who have sufficient jawbone loss.
These are titanium frames that sit over the jawbone as opposed to being inserted into the bone. They are implanted just underneath the gum tissue. Over time, the gum tissue heals, and the metal frame fuses with the bone.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Having fractured or missing teeth can drastically change your appearance. It can also change the way that people interact with you. Subperiosteal implants have been a godsend for many individuals who thought they would not be able to do anything to fix their missing teeth.
Restoring missing teeth and repairing broken or chipped teeth is a perfect way to regain your confidence. Nothing can be more satisfying than having people look at you and see you rather than your missing teeth.
People are amazed at how having a full mouth of teeth has changed the opportunities that were available to them, either in the business realm or with their personal relationships. In part, this change comes because with a full mouth of teeth, they feel more confident, and they are willing to take risks and try to accomplish certain things that they would not otherwise have been willing to do.
Dr. Samuel F. Jirik is a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist serving patients in the Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas. During a consultation at his office in Cabot, you can learn more about subperiosteal implants, including how they can help you. Contact us today to book a dental appointment.