If you have missing teeth, you have probably heard of oral implants.
And if you lost your missing teeth a while back, chances are that you may feel that the time has passed for when you can have implants fitted.
But, if you are worried about this or health issues interfering with your oral implants, you will be happy to know that there are many different types of oral implants available for you, each with a different dental niche and based around a different dental need.
When you come to Kooringal Dental to have dental implants in Wagga fitted, we will always choose the right type of implant for you and your unique clinical situation. We will also consider the long term goal of the surgery and will try to balance the need and the want of the treatment to reach an outcome that looks great but is also functional. Perfect!
So, what are the most commonly used types of dental implants in Wagga that are used? Here is a rough guide from Kooringal Dental.
On most dental pages, when an article is talking about implants, they are most likely talking about an endosteal implant.
It is the most common of the dental implants in Wagga that we use at Kooringal Dental. Physically, it resembles a small screw and it is made from titanium. It is suitable for almost anyone who wants to restore their smile but for it to fuse, you have to have enough jawbone. The fusing process on average takes between 3-6 months for most patients who are healthy.
It can be fitted directly into an open socket following an extraction or it can be fitted via the drilling of a small hole into the bone.
This implant type is composed of a titanium framework that is fitted over the top of the jaw and underneath the gums. And depending on where the prosthetic teeth are to be fitted, our team will place the ‘implants’ which will sit on top of the bone but act as anchor points for the prosthetic teeth.
It is suited for people who have limited jaw bone or have degenerative issues such as osteoporosis and as it isn’t connected to the bone, it requires no fusing time.
Zygomatic implants are a bit different; they can only be fitted to the top jaw and are fitted into the zygoma or cheekbone.
They physically resemble endosteal implants but are about 3 times longer and as they require a lot more surgery to fit, they take longer to fit and to fuse.
Mini or micro
As the names of this implant type suggest, these options are smaller than an endosteal implant and thus, the hole required to fit them is smaller than the one required for regular implants.
Due to their size, they cannot be used to support larger sets of prosthetics, such as dentures or bridges and are usually used when there is only a single tooth that needs replacing.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.