What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal studs or frames that are surgically cemented into your jawbone beneath the gums, allowing your dentist to install replacement teeth. Implants weld to your jawbone so they are a sturdy support for artificial teeth. At Trinity Dental Centers, we guarantee that your affixed teeth will not slip, allowing you to speak easily and eat freely.
Our number one priority is you, our patient. For many people, regular dentures or bridges are not an option due to discomfort from sore areas, poor ridges, or gagging. If this is the case, we will gladly discuss with you the benefits involving comfort and function that you can receive from choosing an alternative.
Furthermore, ordinary bridges must attach to teeth on either side of the space left by the absent tooth. Another benefit of having implants is that none of the existing teeth surrounding it require any preparation or reduction in size to be held in place.
What Type of Dental Implants are Available?
There are two types; endosteal (in the bone) and subperiosteal (on the bone). Endosteal are the most commonly used type and are an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures. With endosteal, the dental implants sit on top of the jaw with the metal frame’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis.
Typically, these are used for patients who are unable to wear regular dentures and who have minimal bone height. Subperiosteal implants have a metal frame that fixes onto the jawbone, just below the gum tissue. As gums heal, the frame becomes attached to the jawbone. Posts attached to the frame stick out through the gums. Just like with endosteal implants, the artificial teeth are then installed to the posts.
How Do I Care For My Implants?
With proper care, they can last for a very long time. It is important to take these steps to ensure their longevity:
Practicing Proper Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing twice a day to prevent food, plaque, and bacteria buildup.
Avoiding Smoking: Smoking can lead to deteriorated oral health and will weaken the bone structure.
Visiting Your Dentist: We encourage our patients to come in twice a year for exams and cleanings to ensure everything is in its right working order.
Avoiding Hard Foods: Biting on hard food products can lead to fractured crowns and teeth.