Now Dental Online Answers Questions About Dental Implants

For those with missing teeth, dental implants are the best solution. Dental implants look like natural teeth. The procedure is safe, and they will last for a long time. Dental implants can give you back your smile and your confidence. However, if you don’t know how dental implants work, they can seem intimidating at first. While there are three main types of dental implants, most dental implant procedures rely on either endosteal and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal Dental Implants
When you think of dental implant procedures, you probably think of endosteal dental implants. The implants are made of titanium and look like little screws. They are most frequently installed in a two-stage procedure. During the first stage, the piece that is shaped like a screw is attached to the jawbone. Typically, a temporary tooth will be placed over the implant, so you can leave the dentist’s office with a complete smile.

Subperiosteal Dental Implants
Instead of using small screws, subperiosteal dental implants are created using a metal framework. The framework is placed on top of the bone instead of directly into the jaw. With endosteal dental implants, the implant is positioned below the gums and is not typically visible. Subperiosteal implants are exposed so they can hold the replacement bridge or crown, which means they may be slightly visible.

Generally, subperiosteal implants are attached in a single-stage procedure. Instead of needing a second minor surgical procedure, the implant is easier to place once the mouth has finished healing. This type of implant is ideal for patients who do not have healthy jawbones and can’t or don’t want to have a bone graft procedure completed. This option is also often used to anchor a full set of dentures, as opposed to a typical dental implant.

Which Type Is Right for You?
Only your dentist can help you to answer this question correctly. They will first assess your condition to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants. Then, based on the condition of your mouth and your overall health, they will suggest the type of implant that they think is best for your needs. Consider their recommendation, plus the cost of the procedure, when you are making your final decision about which type of implants to get.
Computer rendering of dental implant in mouth

What about Transosteal Implants?
Transosteal implants can only be fitted to the lower jawbone. The Transosteal implant procedure is surgically complicated, extensive and expensive.

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