Dental implants provide a safe and proven effective replacement for missing teeth. These devices are typically made of titanium posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. 

The titanium rods or frames fuse into the jawbone, effectively giving the patient a new, stronger foundation for implant-supported artificial teeth. Here is a look at who could be suited to dental implants, and the different types of these tooth replacement devices available to you.

Are dental implants right for you?

Dental implants could suit you if you are missing one or more teeth- either due to tooth decay or trauma -  and are looking for a more permanent replacement option that will alleviate bite problems, pain and hygiene issues caused by gaps in your teeth.

You may also want to consider dental implants if you are a denture wearer who often experiences gum injuries and suction problems, resulting in difficulty while chewing or speaking. Patients who want to replace dental bridges with a more permanent, long-term solution could also find dental implants very appealing.

Types of dental implants

Various types of dental implants are available depending on your dental needs.

Endosteal implants are the more commonly used type of tooth replacement option, consisting of small titanium screws, cylinders or plates that are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. Once surrounding gum tissue has healed, an artificial tooth that resembles tooth enamel is then fitted on top of the implant, creating a natural-looking tooth.

Patients usually need to have a healthy bone density for this type of implant to take hold. The key benefits of an endosteal implant may include the reshaping of your facial features and smile as well as the preservation of your remaining jawbone.

For patients without sufficient bone density to receive traditional endosteal implants, or those who do not want to undergo a lengthy procedure to rebuild their deteriorated jawbone, there are subperiosteal implants.

These types of implants consist of an intricate metal frame that is created using a mold of the patient's jaw. The mold allows dentists to create a framework that fits precisely onto the jawbone, just below the gum line. As the gum heals, the metal frame fuses with the existing jawbone, supplementing the deficient bone and thus creating a solid base where replacement teeth can be attached.

Subperiosteal implants are typically ideal for patients who have suffered from tooth decay for long without treatment, leading to a severely deteriorated upper jawbone.