A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants natural-looking and feeling and under proper conditions, such as placement by a diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Because of their versatility, dental implants can remedy an assortment of dental issues, sometime within one visit:
- Replace one or more teeth
- Support a bridge and reduce the need for a partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
When it comes to choosing which dental implant is right for you, that will be discussed with your dental professional as you create a treatment plan, but here’s a quick rundown of the differences:
- Endosteal (in the bone). Most commonly used type of implant. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal (on the bone). These are placed on top of the jaw with metal framework.
Now that you are aware of the types of implants, you should know why implants are the most advantageous option for your dental malady. Esthetically dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures.
Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge, leaving more of your own teeth untouched. And unlike dentures, implants are secure, so you can go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.
To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website.
Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.