The face is the mirror of the soul and a bright smile is its own adornment. The confidence to flash a genial smile comes from good teeth. However, sometimes we lose our teeth to gum disease, tooth decay, injury, poor dental hygiene, failure of root canal, or genetics. This may have an adverse effect on our bodily functions like biting and chewing and may affect our social life as well. Loosing teeth may also change the way we look. To counter all this, there are dental implants. Dental implants replace missing teeth with alternatives that look, feel, and function very much like natural teeth. We, at the Des Moines Dental Group, are forerunners when it comes to dental implants in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Different Kinds of Dental Implants
Dental implants start with a small titanium screw and base frame on the jaw bone. Then the dentist crafts a crown or cap that looks exactly like your natural teeth. There are two different kinds of implants – endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
- Endosteal implants – Endoseals involve a surgical procedure to directly implant the artificial tooth to the jawbone. However, it takes some time for your gum to heal around it naturally. If you have multiple missing teeth in the same region, you will need a second surgery. The dentist attaches a secondary frame to support the next tooth. It could also be a bridge or a denture.
- Subperiosteal implants – In this case, the jawbone if fit with a metal frame. The position of the metal frame is right below the gum tissue. The frame eventually fixes itself onto the jawbone as the gums slowly heal. The frame already has posts attached to it and these posts extend above the surface of the gums. These posts are then mounted with artificial teeth like crowns or caps.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants for Life
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They’re the same color and feel as natural teeth. They stay firmly in your mouth and do not move around or come off. It is easier to eat almost everything because of the strength of the implants. Tearing food, biting, and chewing is no longer a challenge. Talking to people is no longer a source of embarrassment. You can smile, laugh, and talk all you want. The comfort level with your teeth also increases because dental implants do not feel artificial.
You can take care of dental implants the same way you take care of your natural teeth. Brush with the toothpaste you normally use and floss twice a day. As long as you do this, there will be no cavities. Dental implants are known to last for a lifetime, if properly cared for. That said, crowns may need to be replaced due to wear and tear.
The first step to getting a dental implant is to consult a dentist. They will be able to tell you what kind of dental implant you need. The Des Moines Dental Group specializes in dental procedures including dental implants in Des Moines, Iowa. Get in touch with us at 515-512-5358 for your first consultation or to schedule an appointment.