When someone has missing or badly damaged teeth, they have limited options for restoring their smile. They must choose between dentures or dental implants. After being evaluated by their dentist, many individuals decide that undergoing Oral Surgery in Effingham IL in order to have dental implants would be the best choice for them.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be an excellent choice for someone wanting a permanent replacement for one or more teeth. The implant itself is made from titanium and is surgically implanted into the jaw. The implant can be used to attach a bridge or to hold a replacement tooth.
Dental Implant Types
There are two types of dental implants.
Endosteal: The most common type of implant is surgically placing the implant into the jawbone (endosteal). After the gum heals, a post is surgically attached to the implant. It can hold one or more custom teeth (crowns) and is an effective alternative for a bridge or dentures.
Subperiosteal: Occasionally, it is necessary to pace implants on top of the jaw. A metal frame is placed onto the jawbone beneath the gum tissue. In time, the frame becomes securely attached to the jaw. Artificial teeth are mounted to posts protruding through the gums. This type of implant is useful for someone who has a minimal bone height and cannot wear standard dentures.
Who Would be Considered a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are in good overall and oral health, including healthy gums and lack of periodontal disease. The jaw must have sufficient bone to support the implant.
Caring for a Dental Implant
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. To keep the implant clean and free from plaque, brushing and flossing are just as important as for your own teeth. Of course, an implant will never get a cavity.
Dr. Jay Swanson has more than 20 years of experience and is the only board-certified specialist in both oral and maxillofacial surgery in Effingham County. At The Center For Jaw and Facial Surgery P.C., Dr. Swanson performs a wide range of dental services, oral surgery and treatments for TMJ Disorder. If you need to consult Dr. Swanson concerning dental implants or Oral Surgery in Effingham IL, visit the website or call the office at 217-342-4444.