Tooth loss is a serious oral health issue that affects millions of people. A person can lose their teeth for many reasons, such as excessive tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorders and severe oral trauma. When a person loses their teeth, it can cause the appearance of their smile to suffer, and it can also lead to further issues over time. These issues include jawbone deterioration, a loss of facial structure, tooth shifts and severe bite imbalances. In order to prevent these issues from occurring, it is necessary to replace the missing teeth.
One of the best ways to replace lost teeth is to install dental implants. Dental implants consist of a titanium metal framework that is surgically inserted into a person’s jawbone. This framework is designed to support dental crowns, bridges or even entire dentures as needed, preventing them from ever coming loose. Because dental implants conduct the same functions as natural tooth roots, most people who have received dental implants say that their replacement teeth feel the same as their original ones. This makes dental implants an ideal solution for many patients who have experienced tooth loss.
Our practice offers support for both subperiosteal implants and endosteal implants. Our oral care experts will help you decide which type of dental implant is best for you.
A subperiosteal implant is held in place by a metal frame that applied over the surface of the jawbone. This metal frame secures a supporting post that is used to keep the dental crown, bridge or denture steady. Because subperiosteal implants are not actually secured into the jawbone itself, they are often recommended when a patient has a jawbone that is too weak to support other types of dental implants. This can eliminate the need for a bone grafting procedure.
Endosteal implants are an effective method for replacing a single tooth, as well as multiple teeth. They consist of a titanium foundation that is directly inserted into the patient’s jawbone. Once it has been applied, the foundation will be able to support a dental crown, bridge or denture. Since endosteal implants are secure inside of the jawbone, they generally provide outstanding support, and they do a great job of helping replacement teeth feel more like natural ones.
If you are suffering from tooth loss and you would like to receive more information about dental implants, please call us at 305-548-8712 to schedule an appointment.