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Types of Dental Implants for a Better Smile

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Modern dentistry has given us many ways to improve our dental health. Dental implants allow people to enjoy a better appearance, and continued use of most of their original teeth. There are several different kinds of dental implants.

Root Form Dental Implant

This type of implant is done when there is plenty of jawbone left intact in the mouth. If there is not enough, sometimes the oral surgeon will do a root form dental implant anyway. In that case, the surgeon would first have to do a bone graft. The root form dental implant is the most common type of dental implant. It consists of a screw that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. While the patient is under sedation, the surgeon makes an incision in the gum over the area where the implant will go. Then the surgeon uses a drill to make a hole in the bone. The implant is inserted into the hole. The last step in this stage is to stitch the gum incision back together. After the gum heals, the patient returns to have a false tooth installed on top of the screw. The false tooth is permanent, and should last a lifetime.

Subperiosteal Dental Implant

A subperiosteal dental implant is done when the patient does not have enough bone to install a root form dental implant. It is also necessary if the patient is not eligible for a bone graft. The subperiosteal dental implant procedure consists of the surgeon inserting a small metal plate under the gum, up against the jawbone. An abutment is attached to the plate, which will later hold the tooth. After the gum heals from the incision, the tooth is attached. The false tooth will stay in place for the life of the patient.

Mini Dental Implant

Mini implants are done when a smaller tooth is being replaced, such as an incisor. The surgeon cuts into the gum and attaches the implant to the jawbone. An abutment is attached to the implant. The false tooth is attached to the abutment right away. The false tooth, also called a dental crown, is permanent and can be used just the same as a natural tooth, for chewing and biting. Dental crowns in Sioux Falls are done on a routine basis, and most, if not all, patients report having more confidence due to having a better smile.

Having a dental implants procedure can be stressful. However, modern dental techniques have made it easier for patients to endure and recover from the stress of having oral surgery. The end result is considered worth it.

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