A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
There are two types of implants endosteal (in the bone) which is the most commonly used type of implant and subperiosteal (on the bone). The endosteal implant uses various types including screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
The subperiosteal are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.
Once you have dental implants they are like your own teeth. Just as your teeth require brushing, flossing and regular dental visits so do your new implants! Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.