A popular method of replacing teeth continues to be that of dental implants. These titanium supports are placed during oral surgery into the jawbone and function as an anchor for false teeth. Implants can be used in a number of ways and can replace one or more teeth depending on a patient’s unique needs.
There are several advantages and disadvantages of dental implants. Advantages include a natural looking, natural functioning alternative to dentures and dental bridges. The fusion of the implant to the bone makes them extremely stable and durable. They can last a lifetime with proper care. Unfortunately, dental implants can fail (approximately 5% of surgeries fail to hold), are expensive, and may be time-consuming to place.
Three type of implants is available, including root form implant, plate form implant, and subperiosteal implant. Root form is the most traditional with the appearance of a hardware screw. The plate form implant is longer, flatter, and best used in situations where there is a narrow jawbone present. The subperiosteal implants are created to sit above the bone but below the gum tissue and is best utilized when patients do not have enough bone width or height for successful placement of a more traditional type.