If you have been recommended for dental implants you may be overwhelmed with all of the implant choices available. Our team can help you choose which implant works best for you and discuss what your options are.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are similar to an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone. The implants serve as a base for one or many artificial teeth or crowns. Implants can be used to help patients with missing teeth and can be personalized to fit each patient’s needs.

What Are The Types of Dental Implants?

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant used today. This type of implant acts like an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone. These implants create a base for one or many artificial teeth or crowns that are affixed on top. During the implant process healing time is needed for the implant to fuse to the jawbone. This type of implant is durable, long lasting, and a popular choice.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are a good alternative to endosteal implants. This type of implant sits on top of the jawbone, but is still under the gum line. Using a metal frame the post is attached and the gum then heals around the frame. This allows the implant to be held securely in place. Artificial teeth or crowns are then placed on top of the poles that are in the gum area. In many cases this type of implant is used if patients do not have enough jawbone to support endosteal implants. Bone grafting can be done to provide the additional bone needed, but some patients choose to not go through that process.

What Are My Alternatives?

If a patient’s jawbone cannot support dental implants there are techniques available to help rebuild the jawbone and create a stable foundation for implants.

• Bone Augmentation – This procedure helps to restore or regenerate bone in the jaw when a patient does not have enough to support an implant. This process is very successful, and many patients choose this process in order to get those implants they have always wanted.

• Sinus Lift – A sinus lift can add bone below the sinus cavity to help that area if bone has deteriorated.

• Ridge Expansion – Bone grafting material can be added along the top of the jaw or small ridge to help make your jaw wide enough to support dental implants.

What Are Other Dental Implant Options?

• Mini Dental Implants – Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but they are used for smaller spaces. Patients that have naturally smaller teeth may find that mini dental implants fit them best. This procedure is less invasive and tends to be less expensive compared to other options. Mini dental implants are made of one solid piece that is screwed into the jawbone. Each implant has a ball on top and this allows the crown to be secured.

• Immediate Load Dental Implants or Teeth In a Day – This type of implant process allows the placement of the crown or temporary tooth at the same time as the dental implant. Patients that have sufficient bone structure in the jaw are good candidates for this option.

• All-On-4 Implants – All-on-4 implants provide patients with implants in just one appointment. With this option implants are not required for each tooth. Four implants are placed, and this makes the process easier and less invasive. Bone grafting is not needed with this option, and temporary teeth can be placed that same day. With this option there is a healing process while the implants fuse to the bone. Once the healing process is complete, permanent teeth can be placed.

Are You Interested in Learning More About Dental Implants?

Our staff is here to help you choose which dental implant option works best for you. With our high-end technology and implant surgical software, the implant process is faster and more efficient. Our team provides the very best care to our patients, and we are here to support you throughout the implant process.

To find out what dental implant option is best for you, contact our office and our friendly staff can schedule your consultation. Let us help you take that first step to a beautiful smile!

Dental implant detail

The tooth loss can be a problem in the mouth as the masticatory function is affected. In many of these cases, it is decided to place dental implants to restore oral function. The dental implants are titanium structures that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The dental implant replaces the root of the lost tooth, and then the crown is placed over the implant. These are a very good option to replace lost teeth. In this way, the function performed by the lost tooth is recovered and the aesthetic is also recovered. The placement of dental implants has some risk factors and may cause some side effects discussed below. 

What Risk Factors Do Dental Implants Have?

The risk factors for implants are highly related to poor oral hygiene, smoking, periodontal disease, presenting systemic diseases, such as osteoporosis or diabetes mellitus, and being undergoing radiotherapy. A poor oral hygiene or hygiene inadequate in the area of implants, makes for a greater accumulation of plaque in the area of the implant and therefore there is a condition of the tissues surrounding the implant causing inflammation and a consequent bone loss.

Side Effects And Risk Factors Of Dental Implants

Consumption snuff is one of the major risk factors in the placement of dental implants. Smoking is a risk factor since it causes vasoconstriction which increases bone loss and, therefore, periodontal disease. Also, tobacco delays healing and may favor bone loss. The periodontal disease existing at the time of implant placement, if this is not regularly monitored by professionals can be a major risk factor for poor prognosis of the implant. I produce the so-called periimplantitis, the loss of support tissue of the implant. In addition, the bone level is important to be able to place the dental implant, if there is periodontal disease there is a bone loss and, therefore, the area will have to be regenerated in order to place the implant. In the presence of systemic diseases before the placement of dental implants can be an important risk factor. In order to place the implants, the disease must be studied and, if necessary, consulted with the attending physician, in order to organize the appropriate treatment plan.

What can be the side effects of dental implant placement?

The placement of dental implants is a procedure that is performed surgically. The surgical act may favor the appearance of side effects that often occur normally. Edema or swelling are usually the main side effects after placement of dental implants. In the early postoperative period, there is an edema which can be controlled by applying ice intermittently in the area and by anti-inflammatories. Erythema, called bruises, may also appear. These are normal responses that the body makes after surgery. Along with this, pain or painful sensation is usually frequent. Thanks to analgesic drugs, pain can be controlled.  Another side effect may be the infection of the area. It is convenient to perform good oral hygiene and follow the guidelines indicated by the specialist so that the side effects are minimal and that the postoperative course is normal.