Dental Implants

Dental implants are your solution to a perfect smile. As with anything, there are a lot of things to know about dental implants if you’re considering them. Many people find dental implants far more comfortable than regular dentures or other alternate courses of treatment. Your dentist will need to evaluate your overall dental health and discuss your options with you. Then, you’ll need to have regular dental visits to make sure your implants last a long time.

There are two different ways to install implants. These two types are Endosteal Implants and Subperiosteal Implants. These types of dental implants do the same thing, even though they do it differently. Both create a stable platform for artificial teeth and bridges.

Endosteal Implants

This kind of dental implant is implanted surgically. After your gums heal from the initial surgery, your dentist can install your new implant on a blade post or a cylinder post. Once your dentist determines that implants will work for you, you’re ready for a consultation to make a plan to place your dental implants. Once you and your dentist have chosen the type of implants you’ll be using, you can go in to place the supports of the dental implants.

You’ll need to let your gums heal after you get your support placed. During this time, your bone will grow around the implant, making it permanent. You may hear your doctor use the word osseointegration, which is the name for this process of bone growth. During this time, you’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak normally. Once you’ve finished healing, your dentist will place abutments, or supports, onto the dental implants. From there, you can have dental crowns or bridges made to replace any or all missing teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants

This type of dental implant may be best for you depending on your individual needs. Your dentist places a metal frame on your gums, and as your gums heal the metal frame becomes permanently attached. Once you've healed, artificial teeth, crowns, and bridges are ready to be added.
These implants are placed over two different appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist takes an impression of your jaw. We'll use this impression to create the frame for your dental implants. At the second visit your dentist installs the frame.

Healing takes around 5 weeks. Once you’ve healed you may need to follow up with your dentist periodically. This allows your dentist to check your implants and make any necessary adjustments.

Caring for Dental Implants

No matter the type of dental implants you’re getting, you’ll care for them the same as real teeth. You can start before you have your dental implants installed. This way, you’ll make sure your gums are in good condition for the best healing process. Once you have your dental implants installed, you’ll want to keep plaque and food from building up as well just like you do with your natural teeth.
You should brush with a germ fighting toothpaste after every meal. You should also use floss the same way you would with regular teeth. Finally, be sure to visit your dental office for regular cleanings and checkups. This will make sure your dental implants last as long as they can.

If you need to replace missing teeth, you can lean on the experience of Livewell Denstistry. At Livewell Dentistry, we'll help you decide which type of dental implant works best for you, and install it quickly and professionally. Call today to schedule your appointment, or for any questions you may have.