A Primer on Dental Implant Types and Procedures

Dentist discussing dental implants

Someone with good bone support and healthy gums can receive dental implants. If there is no other issue with your jawbone and sinuses, all you have to do is sit down and relax on the chair. In a few hours, you will have an artificial tooth to replace the one you've lost.

Are you ready for an artificial tooth?

Your dentist will decide on crucial elements of the procedure, including the size and type of implant. For people who need tooth implants, they must be ready for a procedure that involves attaching a screw-shaped post into the jawbone. This serves as the artificial root. The artificial root is reliable and stable when it fuses to the bone. The final touch is the attachment of a single tooth, or in the case of multiple missing teeth, a bridge or denture. Once healed, you may use the artificial tooth like you would your natural teeth.

Types of implants

A dentist places a plate, cylinder or screw-shaped endosteal implant directly into the bone. It is the most common type used in modern dentistry. The metal core typically has a ceramic outer covering. After healing, you will undergo another surgery to connect a post to the implanted object. Meanwhile, the subperiosteal type has a metal frame that goes into the bone just below the gum line. The post attachments protrude from the gums. In some instances, the dentist places the post just above the bone.

Today, you can take advantage of mini implants, as well. Often called MDIs, they are smaller in diameter compared to regular types (around 3.25 to 5.0 millimetres) — it's about three millimetres in diameter. The method is ideal for those with loose dentures, and those who do not require invasive surgery treatments often associated with the traditional method.

You shouldn’t have to live with a huge gap between your teeth. Dental implant technology offers a cost-effective and efficient solution to missing teeth.