Unsure if you are suited for regular dental implants? A guide to other implant types
When you are looking for a reliable and long-term way to conceal that gap on your smile, you have probably come across oral implants.
Fitted into your jaw, these appeal to many dental patients due to their visual similarity to natural teeth and their ability to allow you to bite into food with ease. But you may be unaware that there are different types of oral implants, which can help you close the space in your smile without the restrictions associated with the regular implants.
At Fresh Dental Care, we can choose the perfect dental implants in Maidstone for you. With our expertise in this area, we have matched thousands of different implant types to the right patients, allowing many people to walk out of our surgery with stunning and restored smiles. Perfect!
But what are the different types of dental implants in Maidstone that we may suggest to you? Read on to find out.
Remember earlier in the article when we mentioned regular implants? The more clinical name for those is endosteal.
Perfect for restoring either a single tooth or a set of dentures, endosteal dental implants in Maidstone physically resemble small, titanium screws and require a 3-6 month period to fuse with your jaw bone. While commonly used, they are not suitable for patients who have minimal or weak jawbones. But they offer a long lifespan; many patients have them for 20 years or more.
Subperiosteal is a great alternative if you aren’t suited to endosteal implants.
Looking like a small metal frame which has two posts attached, this alternative is placed underneath your gum but on top of your jaw.
This offers the advantage of no prolonged waiting for the implant to fuse and they can also act as a secure base for larger sets of prosthetic teeth, such as dentures.
If you are an anatomy buff, you may be confused about why these implants are named after a facial bone.
Well, simply put, zygomatic implants are about three times longer than endosteal implants and are only suited for restorative procedures of the upper jaw. Why? Because they are attached to the zygoma or cheekbone.
Like subperiosteal, these offer a great alternative for patients whose upper jaw is too thin or weak to support endosteal implants. But as you can imagine, the surgery to place this is a bit longer and there may be a long wait for the implant to fuse to the bone.
Mini or micro
Well, it’s in the name!
About half the size of endosteal implants and much thinner, these implants are suited for patients who have smaller or thinner jawbones.
Usually fitted in a day, these implants have a slightly higher chance of rejection but if they are successful, they offer the same longevity as traditional endosteal alternatives.
And there you have it! If you want any more information about oral implants and your suitability, contact our friendly reception team at Fresh Dental Care today to arrange a consultation.