Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants may just be the most natural way possible to restore your smile whether you have lost one tooth or all your teeth. You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are missing teeth, have adequate bone density, enjoy good dental and general health, and are interested in a restoration that will last for many years. We offer several types of dental implants to meet our patients’ diverse needs.
Endosteal implants are one of the most common types of dental implants. These implants consist of screws or smooth cylinders that are surgically implanted in the jawbone. They are often used as an alternative to bonded dental bridges or dentures and are usually placed in two stages. During the initial stage, the implants are placed and then allowed to heal. The second stage involves placing an abutment and completing the final restoration.
Subperiosteal implants are another option. These implants consist of a frame that rests over the jawbone but under the gums and soft tissues. After the implants have been surgically implanted, they will be allowed to heal just like endosteal implants. However, the implant is designed to extend above the gum line, so the restoration can be placed without the need for a second procedure to uncover the implants and place abutments. Of the types of dental implants, subperiosteal implants are less commonly used than endosteal implants and are usually used with patients with inadequate bone height or with dentures.
If you are a candidate for implants, our dentist will explain the various types of dental implants we offer and our recommendations for you. We will also explain your restoration options, which may include dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures. The type of implant you get and the number of teeth that you have missing can play a role in determining the best restoration for your needs. Your treatment may include additional procedures, such as bone or soft tissue grafts, to improve your outcome. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dental implants doctor.
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