Dental implants and Oral health

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw to hold replacement teeth or bridges. They are mostly titanium posts positioned through surgery into the jawbone under the gum line to provide dentists a base for mounting the replacement teeth or bridges. A dental implant is stronger and holds the gum more firmly compared to a denture.  The general oral health is also benefited by dental implants because the artificial tooth roots should necessarily be anchored to the rest of the teeth as bridges.

Dental implants come in two different types which are Endosteal and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal implants

The endosteal implant is a type of dental implant that is most commonly used and it also can be referred to as002 an implant done in the bone. It involves a surgical placement and implant of blades, cylinders, and screws that are drilled in the jawbone. This implant is used to hold either a single or many prosthetic teeth at a time. After the healing of the surrounding gum tissue, a dentist then conducts a second surgery to connect a post to the already placed implant. After this, the dentist then attaches an artificial tooth, or teeth if the implants are many, to the post one by one individually, or groups and arranges them on a denture or bridge. Mostly, this type of implant is normally installed to the jawbone as alternatives for patients with dentures that can be removed or to those with bridges.

Subperiosteal implants

003These types of dental implants consist of a metal frame that is mounted on the top of the jawbone just beneath the gum tissue. The metal frame posts are placed in a way that they protrude through the gum to hold the artificial teeth or the prosthesis. As the gum continues to heal, the metal frame becomes fixed to the jawbone after where the artificial teeth are mounted on the posts as compared to endosteal implants. In most cases, these type of dental implants is used on patients whose height of the jawbone is minimal or those who face challenges in wearing conventional dentures.

Post-Conduct after receiving dental implants

Dental implants require utmost care to keep the implants healthy and in good condition. Flossing and brushing should be usually and regularly applied to keep the implants clean and more also free of plaques Most periodontists make sure on following up on you and working closely with your dentist to develop an optimum personal health plan and monitoring the implants to ensure that they stay healthy.