When you are missing teeth, it can have a major impact on your life. A missing front tooth can affect your self-esteem, while a missing molar can significantly alter your ability to chew. In these circumstances, it is recommended to look into your options to replace the missing tooth, such as a dental implant. There are a variety of different kinds depending on your needs.
Endosteal implants are the most common variety of dental implants used today. They often require the patient to have good oral health or to undergo some procedures such as bone grafting to qualify for the implant. These implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, acting like a tooth root and providing similar strength to natural teeth. There are two main varieties of endosteal implants, traditional root form and miniature dental implants.
Traditional Root Form
This is the most stable type of endosteal implant. During this procedure, a flap is made in the gum and a hole is drilled into the jaw. A titanium post is then inserted into the hole to act as an artificial root, and the flap is stitched over the post. The post is then left for up to 6 months to fuse with the jawbone, and then the artificial tooth is attached. Those who have a healthy jawbone that can support the titanium post, or who are willing to undergo a bone graft procedure are the ideal candidates for this implant. Traditional root form implants are the most expensive variety of endosteal implant.
Miniature Dental Implants (MDIs)
An MDI is a miniature version of the traditional root form implant. The titanium post is often relatively the same length, but much smaller in width. They can be screwed into the jawbone without surgery, and as such cost less. This form of implant is ideal for patients who do not have a wide jawbone, require multiple implants, or do not wish to pay the higher cost for traditional root form implants.
For those who don’t have enough stable jawbone available to support the titanium posts necessary for an endosteal implant, subperiosteal implants are the solution. During the installation, the gum tissue is cut, and a custom-made metal frame is placed on top of the jawbone with posts protruding above the gum line. The gums are stitched over the frame, and permanent dentures can be attached to the posts. This is the most expensive implant.
If you are missing teeth and looking to replace them, contact Family Dental Care at 613-736-5000 to discuss what your options are, and view information about dental implants and missing teeth. Dr. Vineet Sidhu and her team look forward to helping you get your smile back!