What are dental implants? Dental implants are artificial teeth that are implanted into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. They’re typically made of titanium and are the strongest and most durable form of dental restoration in dentistry.
Dental implants have a post that works like the root of a tooth, a crown that resembles the visible natural tooth, and an attachment to fit the crown in the post. The post stays below the gum line and the crown remains visible. All in all, dental implants work, feel, and look just like your natural tooth!
Types of dental implants
Based on the material used to make the implant, a dental implant could be made of zirconia or most commonly, zirconia.
Titanium Dental Implants: Titanium Dental Implants are known to be stronger than zirconia dental implants are known to last for decades and even a lifetime with proper care. The only problem is, some patients are allergic to the metal in their mouth, which is why some opt for zirconia dental implants.
Zirconia Dental Implants: Zirconia Dental Implants are non-metallic, ceramic implants that look more natural than titanium dental implants. However, they’re much more expensive than titanium implants and are not as strong as them either. This is why Titanium Dental Implants are better than Zirconia Dental Implants.
Based on the surgical type, dental implants could either be endosteal or subperiosteal.
Endosteal Dental Implants: This is the normal surgical procedure for dental implants in which, a post is inserted into the jawbone and a crown is fitted on top of it.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants: Subperiosteal implants require a metal framework to be inserted below the gum line, over which the post is attached. This is meant for patients whose jawbones have receded. Another similar alternative is bone grafting.
Benefits of getting dental implants
The benefits of dental implants are as follows:
Better chewing and digestion
More convenient than other forms of dental restoration