Have you lost a tooth? Are you set to undergo tooth extraction? How long do you plan on staying toothless? Dental implants provide a nearly permanent alternative to one or more missing teeth. They have a 98% success rate and millions of Americans have them. So if you have a missing tooth, why wouldn’t you get one?
If you think they’re not worth the cost, read the 4 invaluable benefits of dental implants to change your mind!
That’s not all! There are certain types of dental implants to suit your needs. What are they?
Based on surgical technique
Based on the surgical technique used for the implant, dental implants could be divided into parts: endosteal and subperiosteal.
- Endosteal dental implants are the most common way of implanting a root and a crown into your jawbone. Those who get endosteal implants have enough jawbone to support a tooth above it. Your jawbone is responsible for supporting the teeth over it.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone beneath starts to recede. The more teeth you lose, the quicker the jawbone recedes. However, when you have enough jawbone underneath to support an implant, you get an endosteal implant, in which the root is planted into the jawbone and a crown is fitted on top of it.
- Subperiosteal implants are the implants that you get when you do not have enough jawbone underneath to support an implant over it. This usually happens when you have been missing a tooth for too long.
A metal framework is inserted underneath your gum line that works as the jawbone. The root of the implant is attached to this metal framework and a crown is placed on top of the root. As you would guess, this is more invasive than endosteal implants.
Based on material
Based on the material used in the implant, dental implants could be either made of titanium or zirconia.
Titanium dental implants are the most common and have been in the business for a long time! Titanium implants come with a root and a separate crown to be placed over it, thereby giving the dentist enough control over the surgical procedure in terms of adjusting and aligning the implant. They are immensely strong since they are made of titanium and are known to last for decades. However, some patients are allergic to metal and thus, opt for zirconia implants.
Zirconia implants are ceramic. This is why they are more aesthetic than titanium implants. The white color on top of the ceramic surface perfectly resembles your natural teeth. They are a little bit more expensive than titanium implants and are not as strong as them either. Furthermore, they come in only one piece, making it difficult for the dentist to align them perfectly.
So if you’re wondering which one would be better, titanium implants would always win the battle! Do you have different views? Are you considering dental implants but don’t know which one to choose? Perhaps, you should book a dental consultation, now!