A dental implant is an artificial tool rooted into the jaw as a replacement for a broken or missing tooth.
People with a missing tooth due to any number of reasons, such as a periodontal disease or accident, are viable candidates for dental implants.
Types Of Dental Implants
Endosteal is the most common implant option and is fitted directly to the jaw bone.
In most cases, getting an endosteal implant involves the use of cylinders, screws, or blades surgically fitted into the bone, with each implant holding one or more artificial teeth.
Endosteal is a good option for people with removable dentures or bridges.
The Subperiosteal implants are fitted onto the jawbone with a metal framework protruding through the gum to hold the artificial teeth in place.
Dentists suggest this option for patients who do not qualify for conventional dentures and those with a minimal bone height.
Who Qualifies For Dental Implants?
Patients with excellent oral health are considered the ideal candidates for dental implants.
The patient should have an adequate bone height and density, which is necessary for the sufficient support of the implants.
Also, the dentists consider a healthy gum free from periodontal diseases.
Dental implants should have an intimate connection with the gums and underlying bone. As such, getting the implants should be under the expertise of periodontists, since they specialise in these areas.
Under the periodontists care, you will be in the hands of specialists that work with other dental professionals and have vast knowledge and training, as well as facilities needed to ensure you get artificial teeth and a dental correction that looks and feel natural.
So, you need the expertise of both a periodontist and dentist working towards your dream of a perfect smile.