How to Choose Dental Implants: Everything You Need to Know

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Did you know that implants have a success rating of 95%, one of the highest of any dental procedure?

They offer a permanent solution for missing teeth, also providing great aesthetics with a practical solution. But do you know your options when it comes to restoring your smile and confidence?

If you have a missing tooth or ones that need replacing, then implants need to be given serious consideration. Read on as we help you choose dental implants that are right for you. 

Types of Dental Implants

There are several choices to make when it comes to dental implants. Sizes, coatings, and even connectors can vary. However, to simplify dental implants you can split them into two types. 

Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants

This is the most common type of dental implant which use a screw-type fixture to attach the tooth to the jawbone. A titanium screw acts as an artificial root, holding the tooth in place. 

Threaded, bladed, and smooth screw types are available. As they do need an operation put in, you must wait for the tissue and bone to heal afterward so you will have a recovery period. If you have a thin jawbone or medical problems they may not be an option for you. 

Subperiosteal Implants

These implants are used less frequently. With this procedure, the implant does not go into the jawbone. Instead, it is held in place between the jawbone and gums, under the tissue. 

Procedures of this type are done in two sittings but take far less time than endosteal ones. They have more support than dentures but less than endosteal as they are only held in place by the tissue. 

Dental Implant Coatings

Another decision to make when you discuss your dental implant procedure is to select a coating. Many manufacturers provide a range of these, but your dentist will know the best types for your needs. 

The purpose of a coating is to increase the roughness on the surface of the tooth. Doing this helps increase the healing process and make the bond stronger. Types of coatings include grit blasted, acid-etched, and zirconia metal. 

Sizing Dental Implants

The size of the dental implants needed depends on two factors. First, the size of your mouth and shape will be taken into account. After this, the placement of the tooth in the mouth will also dictate the size. 

Three platforms exist for this purpose. Standard ones are shorter and match the size of teeth at the front of the mouth. Wide platform ones are designed for the teeth at the back of the mouth. 

Mini and narrow-body versions also exist and are primarily used when there is not enough bone density for other implants. They are also used if you don’t have enough space between the existing teeth for a standard size implant. 

Preparing for a Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure will take place at a dental practice. Beforehand, your dentist will inform you if you are having IV sedation or a local anesthetic. 

In the case of a local anesthetic, you can eat a light meal a few hours before the operation. When you have full sedation, you will be nil by mouth from the midnight before. 

Some dentists may prescribe antibiotics a few days in advance, to reduce the risk of implant failure. Rinsing with special mouthwashes may be requested to kill off bacteria. If you are a smoker you should attempt to quit as this can slow the healing process. 

What Is Involved in the Dental Implant Procedure?

The first part of the dental implant procedure will be a consultation. This is to determine if you have the bone density in the jaw suitable for implants. Alternative methods may get suggested if not. 

Scans of the mouth and jaw will check the status of the nerves and bones. Using a scan as a guide at this point is not essential, but can lead to smaller incisions during the operation. This facilitates the healing process. 

During the operation, you will receive a local anesthetic or IV sedation. The dentist will make an incision on the gums and place the implant into the jawbone. To complete the operation the gums are then covered over. 

Dental implants may need several sittings over months, particularly if you are having several teeth replaced. You will go home and wait for the tooth to heal before your next appointment. 

Dental Implant Maintenance

Maintenance of your dental implants only requires you to follow standard oral hygiene procedures. They don’t require any special treatment but should be treated like the rest of your teeth. Book a regular dental schedule of brushing, flossing, cutting out sugary and acidic foods, and having regular dental checkups. 

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants cost most than other procedures as they are so reliable and last a long time. With good oral health, they will probably outlast the other teeth in your mouth. Being made from titanium means that they are almost impossible to wear down. 

This anchor also means that there is a high success rate when contrasted with dentures, which can wear down extremely easily. As they are securely attached, they won’t move or fall out of the mouth. 

How to Choose Dental Implants

Now you know how to choose dental implants, speak with a professional. They will be able to do a thorough examination, advising on the ones that will work best. From here, you can talk about the next stage of the procedure. 

Newbury Dental Group is committed to making you look, feel and smile your best! We have several services from checkups to full mouth reconstruction. Contact us here to schedule an appointment and let us put the shine back on your smile. 

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