Before the technological advances in dentistry in the last 40 years, the only options people with decayed or missing teeth had were dentures or bridges. However, nowadays there are better options for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are a hard-wearing, healthy, realistic-looking, and comfortable solution to replacing missing teeth with artificial ones on a long-term basis.
More types of dental implants are being created all the time to suit different needs. There are actually more than 40 different types in use today, and some of them are available in dental practices in Hampshire, such as Dental Implants Hampshire. Dental implants in Hampshire can replace one, several or all of a patient’s missing teeth safely and comfortably.
Standard dental implants
Standard dental implants are those which are most commonly in use and are the size of a natural tooth. They can be used to replace one, two or more teeth at once. If a patient needs to replace more teeth, the implant is simply made larger and more teeth are added onto it to accommodate the missing teeth. These are secured to the jawline through metal screws that are surgically attached to the bone.
For multi-tooth replacements, more dental implants are required. To replace an entire mouthful of teeth, at least four implants are needed and sometimes as many as eight. In any case, this is far fewer dental implants than have been required in the past.
Mini dental implants
Minidental implants in Hampshire are marginally smaller than regular dental implants. The difference is that they use smaller posts and take up less space in the mouth. Micro implants, while not commonly used, are even smaller. These types of dental implants are used when the space between teeth is very narrow, but the patient would like a dental implant in there instead of a less stable bridge.
Overdentures are used when a patient has lost all of their teeth or all of the teeth on a the top or bottom arch. These dentures are stabilised into the jawbone with dental implants andhelp protect the gum and bone from deterioration caused by dentures rubbing up against the gum line.