My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
A lot of people with missing teeth prefer implants because they prevent bone loss, feel more secure than dentures, and look aesthetically pleasing. Because every patient is different and has different needs, there are three different types of dental implants to choose from. Here are the basics of each type so you can have an idea of what would work best for you.
Transosteal implants pass all the way through the jaw bone; these implants go through the bone and are fixated on a U-shape frame at the bottom of the jaw. These implants are mainly used for patients that need to replace teeth in the mandibular arch (lower jaw).
These types of implants aren't very common and are used when a patient has resorbed ridges. Resorption means that the bone tissue has broken down and been reabsorbed by the body. Because there isn't enough bone in the alveolar ridges, the implants need to pass all they way through the jawbone for extra support.
Endosteal implants are arguably the most common type of implant out there. Within the endosteal class, there are different implant shapes you can get, like cylinder, screw, or blade implants.
These titanium implants are oseeointegrated, meaning once they are inserted, the living cells of the jaw bone will grow around them and secure them. Unlike transosteal implants, endosteal implants do not go all the way through the jawbone.
If you have fairly strong bone tissue, then these types of implants can replace teeth that would otherwise need a bridge, crown, or partial denture. If you are on the borderline with your bone tissue, your dentist may decide to graft some tissue so you have a better chance of getting endosteal implants.
Like transosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are indicated for people who do not have enough bone to support endosteal implants. They work well for people who need to replace all or most of their teeth on in one area of their mouth.
Instead of going through the top of the bone like endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are placed beneath the gumline and sit on the bone like a saddle. Instead of being single screws, cylinders, or blades, subperiosteal implants are fabricated on one frame. Once the implants are fabricated, the frame is positioned on the alveolar ridge and then sutured in place.
The great benefit of subperiosteal implants is that you may only need two appointments, but with endosteal implants, you'd need three plus any required graft surgeries.
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