Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, thanks to the improvements in technology of the dental industry, there are a multitude of options at your disposal for improving your smile. One interesting treatment for giving your mouth a makeover are implants.
What are implants?
The name may sound a little scary, but implants are fake teeth that your dentist will implant into your gum line to replace broken teeth or fill in uneven gaps. The implants are mainly porcelain and they’re fixed into your jawbone with a sterile titanium screw that will bond with the bone over time, to create a stable platform for your new tooth.
They also tend to be offered as an alternative option for patients who come with a broken denture set that they’re tired of having fixed.
Are there different types?
Practices offering dental implants around Barnsley are fairly common and because of that a number of different types and techniques have sprung up to cater to various patient needs.
Generally, there are two main types that you will encounter, there’s the endosteal which is fixed to your jawbone with titanium screws. The other is the subperiosteal, which is placed under the gum line, but above or on the jawbone instead of inside it. The latter tends to be used if there’s not enough healthy bone for the implant to bond to.
The different techniques
As mentioned above, there are also a number of different techniques for implantation. There’s the ‘immediate load’ or ‘same day’ implant which are used if your jawbone is healthy enough to support a placement right away. There are also the mini dental implants which are small, narrow pieces of porcelain that are less invasive and are used to help stabilise lower dentures.
Your dentist might suggest the all-on-4 implants. These are mostly used as an alternative to a full arch of teeth being placed on the bottom or top of your mouth. It involves four implants being placed in your jawbone to avoid the need of a graft, then a special structure is placed on top of the implants to connect a temporary set of replacement teeth. The treatment is usually performed all on the same day and afterwards you will need to follow a strict diet to allow for your gum tissue to heal and the implants to bond with your bone.
Aftercare notes for implants
One of the unique things about this treatment is how easy it is to clean the prosthetic teeth. Just brush them normally but avoid pressing too hard on the implant, otherwise you could damage it or interfere with the bonding process. The same applies for flossing, don’t pull too deep or hard on your gum line around the new tooth.
Hopefully this has cleared up a few things about the implant process. If you’re looking to smile a little brighter then make an appointment with your local practice and chat with your dentist.