For a variety of different dental issues that involve lost or damaged teeth, the use of dental implants is one of the most common solution methods. Dental implants provide complete restoration for missing teeth, supporting full function of the entire mouth while preventing risks like jawbone loss or others that come with lost teeth.
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're happy to offer a variety of dental implants to our Layton patients to meet their every need. We provide a free consultation ahead of time to help you determine whether an implant is right for you, plus to go over some important themes like which implant type, coating and size you'll consider. What are your options in some of these important areas, and which will be best for you? This two-part blog series will go over all these details and more.
Generally speaking, dental implants fall into two categories: Endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. Some basics on both of these:
Another important factor when choosing a dental implant is the coating that will be present. Coatings cover the titanium or other implant materials that will be used, and they're designed to protect the implant from external factors that might cause degradation, such as saliva or moisture.
There are a total of four different types of dental implant coatings that can be used: Zirconia, aluminum oxide, hydroxyapatite and titanium plasma spray. Zirconia coatings are made with zirconium oxide, which is known for its strength. It has a high resistance to acids that form in saliva and disease, protecting the implant from damage. Additionally, it also helps prevent bacteria growth on your dental implants, and is likely the most common coating material. However, others may have benefits for you -- speak to your dentist to learn more here.
For more on the different options you have available for dental implants, or to learn about any of our family dentist or pediatric dental services in Layton, speak to the staff at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry today.