For years, dental researchers around the world have been looking for a way to restore teeth that have been lost through illness, extraction or decay.
And for years, the only options available were things like fitted bridges or dentures, which for a long time, were seen as the crown of restorative dentistry.
In recent years, a jewel has been added to that metaphorical crown in the form of oral implants.
Affixed to the jaw, oral implants are the most permanent solution to missing teeth and once in place, they even feel like regular teeth. And like regular teeth, they require brushing, flossing and biannual trips to your dentist. But they don’t cause sores or ulcers and allow you to laugh, eat and smile with extreme pride.
But, as is the way with most things, there are different types of implants, in case patients do not tick all of the boxes for having regular or endosteal options fitted. In this guide, you will be briefly introduced to the most common types of dental implants Bondi Junction, to help you consider which option may be the best for you.
Touched upon earlier, the most common of all implants is the endosteal implant.
Physically, this implant looks like a titanium screw. For it to be fitted successfully, you need to have a healthy jawbone and to be in good overall health.
Once attached to your jaw, it takes between 3-6 months to fuse and can be used to support anything from a single tooth to a full set of dentures.
Provided that you take correct care of this type of implant, it can last for up to 20 years.
A subperiosteal implant is a bit more complicated to explain as none of the structure is implanted into your jaw!
Subperiosteal implants are useful if someone does not have a good amount of jawbone. The structure is fitted over their jaw (but under their gums), with 4 posts protruding above the gum line once fitted. To these posts, your dentist will attach the prosthetic teeth.
If cared for correctly, subperiosteal implants can last for up to 15 years.
Imagine an endosteal implant, make it 3 times longer and you have a zygomatic implant.
These oral implants are used when a patient needs implants fitting to their upper jaw but they do not have a sufficient amount of jaw bone. And so, this implant is attached to their zygoma bone or cheekbone.
It can take up to 9 months to fuse and with correct aftercare, should last up to 15 years.
Mini or micro implants
Imagine an endosteal implant again, shrink it to around 1/3rd of its size and you have the mini implant.
Attached to the jaw, this implant requires no real fusing time and is only used if the patient has a low-density jawbone. These implants can only be used to support one tooth at a time and have a lifespan of 15 years on average.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.