Choosing the Right Dental Implant for You
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: May 25, 2011
If you’re seeking to replace a lost tooth or a tooth that has been severely damaged due to decay or fracture, dental implants offer a permanent, natural-looking solution.But the type of implant that’s right for your individual condition depends on a number of factors, including the condition and appearance of the surrounding teeth, and the structure and density of your jaw bone. An examination by Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko will determine the type of dental implant that will offer the best solution for restoring functionality and beauty to your teeth.
Three Types of Dental Implants
Patients who have wide, deep jaw bones may benefit most from root form implants. Root form implants are the closest in shape and size to your natural tooth root and are easily assimilated into your jawbone. In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary to provide sufficient density to your jawbone for root form implants.
When you do not have sufficient jawbone density and you are not a candidate for bone grafting, plate form implants may be a better choice. Plate form implants are flat and long, enabling them to fit into narrower jawbones.
If you do not have enough width or height in your jaw to support plate form or root form implants, subperiosteal implants will be required. Subperiosteal implants are customized to your jaw and designed to sit on top of your jawbone, just below the gums.
Depending on your specific condition, dental implants offer superior function and aesthetics over other types of tooth replacement. If you have several missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a more suitable option for you.