It is true that the first thing someone notices about you is your smile, which is why whitening toothpastes and pearly white teeth are always talked about.

However, what does one do if he/she is missing a tooth or teeth? In this case, there is a drop in self-esteem and self-confidence. Because of these two –major- reasons, dental implants are the best thing to opt for.

Keep in mind, if you have a family dentist, you must consult with him/her before making any decisions.

Here are the different types of dental implants that are available:

Conventional Implants

These implants are most commonly used because they are the same size of a tooth. The good part about this implant is that it can replace one or more teeth at the same time. This is implanted into the jawbone with the help of metal screws that are secured in the bone. If more than one tooth needs to be replaced, there will be more implantations.

Mini and Micro Implants

Mini implants are a tiny bit smaller than the conventional implants. They have “smaller bolts” so they take up less space. Then there are micro implants –although they are not used- they are even smaller than the mini. These are mostly used when the gap between two teeth is small.

Fixed Bridgework

Bridges and implants are different oral procedures, but not there are bridges that can be secured with the help of implants. Unlike conventional bridges, these fixed bridges do not depend on the surrounding teeth. The fixed bridges are properly secured with implants so there are no slips during talking or eating.

Over Dentures

Over dentures are only used when one has lost all their teeth on one jaw line or entirely. The benefit of getting over dentures is that they protect the bone and gums from being damaged by the constant rubbing of dentures on the gum line. This issue can lead to bone loss, but dental implants prevent this from happening. The implant is in the bone so it raises the dentures to be above the gum line and this protects the bones under.

Tooth Movement

When there are minor shifts and movements need in teeth, then implants are used to “dot anchor them.” This ensures the teeth to be in the place they are supposed to be in. Dentists (or your family dentist) may recommend you to get your teeth moved a little so they are aligned better. This is the sole purpose of braces because no one would want their teeth to be too far apart.

Temporary Implants

In some cases, there are micro implants used to secure temporary bridgework. This bridgework is used so it can be placed on the tooth that has been replaced. When the teeth and gums have healed, the micro implants are removed and conventional ones are placed.

If you feel that dental implants are something you need, consult your family dentist or click here.