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To have the ability to have a missing tooth space filled can change your life. Missing teeth means different things to different folks. For some, it means an awful lot. Your impression of yourself can be altered dramatically with gaps in your mouth. Especially, if your career depends on your image and appearance. Not to mention, having cracked or missing teeth can hinder an individual from getting a job, keeping a job, and receiving a promotion.

The dental industry has grown tremendously and is utilizing different types of technology to advance forward. Tooth repairs that once seemed difficult and tedious to perform are now rather easy, with the proper dental training and education. The outcome of dental surgery is also receiving a much higher satisfaction rate, than in previous years.

What are Dental Implants

Dental implants are essentially artificial teeth. There are 3 different parts of dental implants. One part will sit firmly down inside of your gum, where the prior tooth roots were. This part looks like a tiny screw. The dentist will need to drill a hole to place the screw there. It will take time for this to heal.

The goal is for this piece of metal to fuse with the jawbone. Next, the abutment is placed, this is an extension of the screw. This piece is connected to the fixture and it also holds the prosthesis. The prosthesis looks natural. Its appearance looks just like a real tooth.

Various Types of Dental Implants

There two common types of dental implants. One is called Endosteal and the other is called Subperiosteal. Endosteal is the procedure that is described above. It is when a tiny screw is placed into the jawbone.

Subperiosteal is a little different. It is when the procedure takes place above the jawbone. Even though it is taking place above the jawbone, it is underneath the gum; sitting on top of the jawbone. This type of operation is done for patients who may not have enough jawbone to undergo the surgery.

Alternatives to Create a Stronger Jawbone

There are alternatives for the patient if he/she wishes to persist and attempt to undergo the Endosteal procedure. Bone augmentation is one option. This practice restores the jawbone. It does this through various means, one such means is via the use of bone additives. Bone additives and other growth influences can build up the jawbone. Two other options are called the Ridge expansion and the Sinus lift.

The Sinus lift application entails placing bone beneath the sinus. This is recommended when, upper teeth that are located in the back of the mouth, have caused the bones to deteriorate. The Ridge expansion is the practice of positioning material that is used for bone grafts. This type of material can be added in different places.