Adult teeth are incapable of growing back. If they fall out, break, or become loose, you are forced to live with the gaps caused by the missing or broken teeth. Luckily, there is a solution that can help – Implants.
Dental Implants allow individuals to replace gaps caused by missing or broken teeth. This dental procedure allows a single titanium rod or a small metal rack to become surgically imbedded or placed in the jawbone. Once placed, the rack or rod is attached to an artificial tooth or set of teeth and the gap is filled.
The American Dental Association, or ADA, currently approves of two types of implant procedures. The ADA has approved of endosteal implants and subderiosteal implants.
A Look at Endosteal Implants
Endosteal implants involve surgically placing the implant into the jawbone. Once it has been implanted into the jawbone, a recovery period of 4 – 8 weeks is involved. The recovery period allows the gums to heal and gives the jawbone time to form around the implant.
After the gums have healed and the implant has taken, a second surgery will be required. This second surgery involves attaching a small post to the implant. Four to eight weeks after this second surgery, an artificial tooth will be placed on the post and used to fill in the gap.
Endosteal implants are typically recommended for patients that have a single missing tooth. However, patients with two or three teeth missing could also benefit from this procedure.
A Look at Subderiosteal Implants
Subderiosteal implants are very similar to endosteal implants with one exception – how they are placed in the mouth. Subderiosteal implants involve placing a small metal frame over the jawbone. The metal frame is still under the gums, but no surgical procedure is required to drill the frame into the jawbone.
This metal frame is where the posts will be placed and eventually the artificial teeth attached. Subderiosteal implants are ideal for individuals who are missing more than one tooth.
Patients interested in fixing gaps caused by missing or broken teeth can contact Soft Touch Dental Spa today. Dentists and staff members will be willing to discuss what dental implants can help you achieve the smile you always envisioned.