Dental implants are one of the most popular services and products in the world of cosmetic dentistry. They are constructed of teeth-like materials that are attached permanently to the gums to act as replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are similar to dentures, but are different in that they are permanently fixed into your gums and are not removable unless under the assistance of a dentist. Usually, oral implants are made of titanium, one of the rare metals that are appropriately tolerated by the human body.
Who are candidates to have dental implants? The procedure is available for people who have lost teeth due to an injury or gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. Implants are ideal options if you want to have natural-looking and natural-feeling false teeth, something that could not be possible by just merely using dentures. In other cases, people who are not content with how their teeth are aligned opt to take dental implants. Logically, their natural teeth will have to be removed first before implants are put into place.
There are two general types of dental implants available today. First, the Endosteal uses cylinders, screws, or blades in surgically placing prosthetic teeth into the jawbone. Because of this, an implant is holding one or more false teeth. Endosteal is the most prevalent type of dental implants and is used as an effective alternative for people with existing bridges and removable dentures.
Subperiosteal dental implants are surgically placed on top of the patient’s jaw. They are metal framework that protrudes through the gum, facilitating or holding the false teeth. This second type of dental implants is recommended and applied to patients who are found to have minimum bone height. People who are not able to wear any kind of removable dentures are qualified to have subperiosteal dental implants instead.
Some Dental implant procedures can be complicated and require application of anesthesia. It is important that only qualified, accredited, and well-trained periodontists conduct the procedure. A qualified periodontist will have a postgraduate degree like a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and a Master of Science in Periodontology (M.S.). Dr. Dyer is also board certified and lectures on implant surgery.
These days, dental implants are also regarded as an effective strategy in orthodontics. In many cases, the implants are used to simplify or streamline any orthodontic therapy, decreasing treatment frequency and eliminating dependence on patients’ compliance in wearing orthodontic appliances and making adjustments. When there is a need for any tooth replacement, dental implants are recommended and applied by orthodontists.
If you are not confident in your own smile because of missing teeth, or if your dentures do not allow you to chew, speak, and smile comfortably, reach out to Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology today. Dr Dyer and his staff have decades of experience with dental implants and implant alternatives. They work with patients to create a custom plan to diagnose and implement a plan to restore your smile and improve your oral health.