Interesting Facts about Dental Implants
You probably know that dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. But here are a few facts that you may not know about dental implants.
There are actually several different types of dental implants. Here are three of the most common:
• Endosteal Implants are the traditional dental implants that are surgically inserted into the jawbone.
• Subperiosteal implants are placed in the gum tissue, on top of the jawbone. As the gum heals, these implants usually fuse with the bone. They are ideal for those who do not have enough bone to support a traditional implant and who cannot or do not want to undergo a bone graft to increase the amount of bone.
• Mini implants are narrower than traditional implants and are less expensive. They are preferred for those with a smaller than normal space to accommodate an implant, without enough bone to support a traditional implant, or for those who cannot afford the price of traditional implants.
Dental Implants Are Not For Everyone.
In order to qualify for dental implants, you should have good oral health. Any of these issues may disqualify you from getting a tooth implant.
• Those with oral health problems such as gum disease are not good candidates for dental implants.
• Those with low bone density may not be a good candidate for dental implants. Patients with this condition may be able to undergo bone grafting to increase the amount of bone available. Mini implants may also be an option.
• Those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may not be good candidates for dental implants.
Contact our office for a consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you.
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