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Techniques & Types of Dental Implants

July 19th, 2019

A dental implant is titanium support (like a tooth root) that is surgically placed into the jawbone underneath the gum line that gives the dentist the chance to mount replacement of teeth or bridge into that specific area. Dental implants benefit genuine oral health as they do not have to be attached to other teeth, like bridges. Keeping in mind the apt condition of your jawbone, your dental implant dentists may suggest you with alternative treatment options in order to adapt the conventional dental treatment rather than traditional multi step dental implant structure. They include,

1. All on 4 - All-on-4 is an alternative of placing a top or bottom set of replacement teeth, called a full arch. Four dental implants are positioned in the available bone, avoiding the need for bone grafting. With this set of treatment, patients are meant to follow a modified diet while the gum tissues recover and the implants connect with the natural bone. After six months, the permanent replacement teeth will be placed and the patient can resume to a regular diet.

2. Immediate Load Dental Implants - Also called same-day implants. It immediately loads dental implants allow placement of a temporary tooth during the same appointment as your dental implant placement. One must take this option if they have enough natural bone and an implant would secure to support immediate placement and pressure on the newly positioned temporary tooth.

3. Mini dental implants (MDIs) - Known as narrow-diameter implants, these toothpick-sized implants are narrower than most commonly used dental implants. It is placed through a less-invasive technique and is used fundamentally to stabilize a lower denture.

Fundamentally there are two types of dental implants.

Endosteal: These dental implants are positioned in the jawbone. Typically made of titanium and shaped like small screws, they are the most commonly used type of implant.

Subperiosteal: Usually placed under the gum or above the jawbone. Primarily used for patients who do not hold the healthy natural jawbone and cannot or do not want to, undergo a bone development to restore it.

If the jawbone is not able to hold dental implants, several other techniques may be adapted that be used to rebuild bone, restore your natural jawline and provide firm support for implant-supported teeth. These include:

Sinus lift - Also called sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, this includes adding bone beneath the sinus in cases where the natural bone has depreciated due to missing above posterior teeth.

Ridge augmentation - If your jaw isn’t wide enough to support dental implants, bone grafting material can be combined to a small ridge, or area, created along the tip of your jaw.

Bone development - This involves restoring or regenerating bone in your jaw when it is not able to support implants otherwise. Research shows that using bone additives and growth factors to strengthen the bone generally achieves the most beneficial outcomes.