Many people are attracted to the idea of implants but don’t understand the wide variety of options available. Implants offer a stable and permanent way of keeping your teeth both attractive and functional over your lifetime. Here are a few of the most common options in dental implant solutions.
Many people are familiar with bridges–a row of adjacent teeth used to replace an area of tooth loss. However, bridges have several drawbacks. First, they are often conspicuous. Second, they may not be as functional as natural teeth.
Dental-implant supported bridges solve this issue. A bridge is made, and it attaches to implanted metal posts. This keeps the bridge stable enough for chewing. In addition, implant supported bridges are generally more attractive for front teeth than individual implants and cost less as well.
Dentures often are not as stable as their wearers would prefer, shifting around and slipping out of position. Implant reinforcement solves this problem. These implants are also called mini dental implants because they are similar (but smaller) posts embedded in the jaw. These posts hook into a metal feature placed in the dentures and act to stabilize them.
Singular or Single Stage Dental Implants
A single stage dental implant is, as the name suggests, an implant that is put into the mouth in a single procedure. A long implant is placed in the gum, reaching just to the jaw bone. The top of this is left exposed. After a period of healing, the implant abutment and restoration can be attached.
The main advantage of this type of implant over implant supported bridges is that the teeth are separate, as natural teeth are, and that these thus look more natural and are easier to care for.
Two Stage Dental Implant
A two-stage dental implant is similar to the single stage except that it is implanted into the jaw bone and requires two separate procedures. The implant is placed through the gum and into the jaw bone, making it more stable. The implant is then enclosed into the gum completely with stitches. After a recovery and healing period, a surgery exposes the implant so the dental abutment and restoration can be attached.
While this is more complicated than a single stage implant, it is more stable due to the implant being partially embedded in bone. In addition, this is often a better option for people who have gum disease and cannot rely on their gums alone to support an implant and tooth.
There are many other options in dental implants; these are mainly the most popular types. Each option has its own set of unique benefits and drawbacks. Professionals, like Dr Enrico J Azarko, will help guide you down the right implant route if that is your desire. It’s important to talk to these specialists about which option is best for you.