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.
If you don’t have a tooth on either side of your missing tooth, then you can’t get bridges in this situation either, as they need to be able to adhere to the teeth on each side. Therefore, dental implants become a preferred option. You do not need teeth on either side for this dental treatment.
However, to get dental implants, you need to have plenty of bone to support the implant, healthy gums, and a game plan for taking care of your oral health. Regular trips to the dentist after dental implants are imperative.
What If I Don’t Get Dental Implants?
When you find yourself losing a tooth or teeth, it may not seem like a priority to replace them. However, it’s more important than you think. Alongside sensitivity and pain, there are a lot of side effects which could cause long-term problems.
You may struggle to eat food in the short term, and your speech may alter too. What’s more, your jaw can start to try and fill the gap which can cause crooked teeth and bite problems which might require specialist treatment. Fewer teeth also weaken your mouth’s structure which can result in more lost teeth in the future.
If you’re missing a tooth and would like to find out more about alternative solutions to bridges and dentures, then it might be time to talk to your dentist about dental implants.