A Guide to Understanding Different Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants in Sydney are considered a safer and more permanent solution to bridges and dentures. Dental implants can be availed by anyone (patients with overall good oral hygiene are generally considered suitable candidates) who wants to replace their missing teeth.

A dental implant is made up of a small titanium cylinder that fuses into the jawbone and acts as the permanent support for the false tooth. Dental implant cost in Sydney has gone down significantly in the recent years and there are two main types of implants. Each one of them has been explained in detail below.

Type of Dental Implants

Endosteal dental implants

  • Endosteal implants are used for patients who have no special health conditions or prohibitive health signs. That is, endosteal implants are for those with perfect oral health.
  • Patients must have sufficient bone density and healthy gum tissue in order to be eligible for endosteal dental implants in Sydney.
  • The implant is shaped like a screw or a cylinder and it is surgically placed into the jawbone during the first stage of the treatment.
  • Once the implant is placed under the influence of local anaesthesia, it is left alone for three to six months to heal.
  • During this time period, osseointegration occurs and the implant is perfectly set into the bone and is prepared to support the false tooth.
  • During the initial stages of the implant, when the cylinder is taking its time to set well into the jawbone, patients can consider opting for alternative treatment options like bridges or dentures.
  • However, it is recommended to wait till the titanium post sets wells into the bone and then have the prosthetic teeth fixed.
  • Endostealdental implants in Sydneycan hold one or more false teeth based on the need of the patient.

Subperiosteal dental implants

  • A patient who is not a good candidate for dentures and has low bone density is suitable for subperiosteal dental implants.
  • These implants are placed below the gum tissue and over the jawbone.
  • Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are more like a framework (rather than a screw) that latch around the jawbone.
  • Subperiosteal dental implants in Sydney have a spread-out nature that makes them more suitable for dentures than dental crowns. The implants are designed to spread the pressure across the jawbone thus offering better stability for the dentures and bridges.
  • Subperiosteal implant treatment is also carried out in two phases and the time taken for the completion of treatment differs from one patient to another.

Both types of dental implants must be cared for appropriately after completion of the treatment. This ensures optimal success and results in the prolonged life of the implants too.

About Dr Paulo Pinho:

Dr Paulo Pinho is an experienced dental surgeon who has worked closely with oral surgeons for 15 years in both Melbourne and Sydney is skilled in performing oral surgery under local and general anaesthetic. Dr Pinho has limited his practice to wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants, working closely with other oral surgeons. Visit http://www.drpaulopinho.com.au or Call 1300 721 184 for more information Dental Office: Suite 4 Level 12, 187 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000