Dental implants are frames or posts that your dentist surgically inserts beneath your gums and into your jawbone. The role of a dental implant is to provide an anchor for your replacement tooth or teeth.
Two of the most popular dental implant options include endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are placed into your jawbone and require a second surgery to connect the post to the implant once your gum tissue heals.
Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, have a metal frame that goes into the jawbone below the gum tissue. As your gum heals, the structure fixes itself to the jawbone, and the posts protrude from your gums to attach onto artificial teeth.
Unlike dentures which move around and you can remove, dental implants are firmly in place. Once your dentist inserts the implant, there is plenty of support for artificial teeth, bridges, and dentures. They won’t move around in your mouth or impact your eating or speaking. In essence, they are a more natural option than dentures.
There are many reasons why people would choose to get dental implants over dentures and bridges. Sometimes, your mouth can be too irritated or uncomfortable with dentures, or sensitive gagging reflexes could cause problems also. Other times, the size of your gum ridges makes it impossible.