If you are missing a tooth (or more) and you’re thinking of getting implants, you have 2 major options. To make your decision easier, here are the different implant types and their advantages:
- Endosteal implants
Endosteal means “in the bone” and the implant has the shape of a small screw; it is ideal for patients with healthy and strong jawbones. The implant is placed in the jawbone and a few months after implantation, an artificial tooth is screwed on it. And simple as that, you have a new tooth.
Endosteal implants are great because they look like real teeth, they do not require any maintenance asides regular washing and flushing, and the wearer can talk and chew without discomfort. It is the most common type of dental implants.
- Sub periosteal implants
If your jawbone is not strong enough to hold the endosteal implant, then your best alternative is sub periosteal. In this case, a metal frame with a small upright pole is placed under the gum. The gum and the jawbone heal around the frame and holds it in place, making it stronger. Afterward, the artificial tooth is placed on the pole.
These also look and work like real teeth and people with sub periosteal implants can chew, smile, and talk comfortably.
Implants are regarded as the best option for people looking to get teeth replacements. Alternatives like dentures and bridges are not durable enough, comfortable enough, and do not look nearly as good.
For your dental implantations and treatment, please call the Smile Artisans at (832) 653-7110 or visit us at 18121 Tuckerton Road, STE 140, Cypress, Texas 77433. Let the Smile Artisans give you a reason to smile today!