Dental implants are surgically implanted metal extensions that act as surface onto which replacement teeth and bridges are mounted. De Soto Dental Practice offers this treatment to patients who want their lost teeth replaced with a long term solution.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Dentists and orthodontists regard dental implants as the standard of care for prosthetic replacement of lost teeth for the following reasons:
Dental implants improve your appearance – Designed to look and feel just like your other teeth, dental implants can only be better than the tooth they are replacing.
Dental implants can be permanent – Dental implants can last for just as long as your other teeth if well taken care of. They last a lifetime in most instances.
They improve your speech – Dental implants are firmly screwed into your jaw giving you the confidence to speak without the fear of a tooth slipping in your mouth and causing you to mumble. Such accidents are not uncommon with tooth-supported dentures which may not be as tightly held in position as implants.
Types of dental implants
De Soto Dental Practice offers two types of dental implants – the only two classed as safe by the American Dental Association:
- Endosteal implants
- Subperiosteal implants
Endosteal implants are surgically screwed onto your jawbone to serve as a roots for prosthetic teeth. They are the more popular implant type of the two and are quite often offered as an option for patients with removable dentures or bridges.
This implant type doesn’t involve drilling and placement of titanium posts into your jawbone to imitate real teeth roots, but instead creates surface for mounting of prosthetic teeth with the use of a metal frame tightly fitted onto the jawbone.
Do I qualify for a dental implant?
If you’re to undergo a risk-free implant procedure, you need to be in good health. Particularly, you need to have healthy gum tissues as well as adequate bone on your jaw for an endosteal procedure.