Bridges and dentures aren't the only ways to restore missing anymore. More and more people are turning to dental implants as they can provide a permanent solution. And, because the metal post is inserted into the jawbone and bonds with the surrounding tissues, dental implants will also promote bone growth.
Another great thing about implants is that they can work if you have just one missing tooth or more. Below, you can find a list of the different types of dental implants and their characteristics.
There are five different types of dental implants:
Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant out there. They are shaped like a screw that is inserted into the jawbone. The implant will extend beyond the surface of the gum to help restore the tooth.
If your jawbone isn't healthy enough to support an implant, then your Chevy Chase dentist may recommend subperiosteal implants. These types of implants aren't inserted into the jawbone but are placed on or above it, under the gums.
If you have more than just one missing tooth, but don't want to get dentures, then all-on-4 dental implants might be a good solution for you. The dentist will insert four implants on the upper and lower jaw that will support a fixed denture. Unlike regular dentures that just sit on top of your gums, this solution is permanent, more comfortable, and the implants won't get loose over time.
Traditional dentures are secured in place with a special adhesive. Although quite strong, you still need to be careful when eating certain foods so that your dentures don't fall off.
Implant overdentures, on the other hand, have an anchor that they attach to. You can attach the denture to the implant, and they will sit in place until you remove them at night. Because the implants hold the dentures in place so well, you don't have to worry anymore about your diet or that your dentures may fall off while talking or laughing.
If you have more than one missing tooth and getting individual implants is too expensive or if you don't have enough bone mass for multiple implants, then an implant-supported bridge might be a good solution for you. Instead of being supported by dental crowns placed on adjacent teeth, this type of bridge will attach to small metal posts inserted into the jawbone.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for implants and which type will fit your needs best is to get in touch with Dr. Eric Morrison at Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry.
Drop us a message online and we will get back to you to find out more about your dental needs and book your appointment.