January 9, 2018
Dental implants are almost always part of discussions that center around tooth replacement, and for good reason. They are the best way to help people regain their missing pearly whites and once again enjoy all the benefits of a strong, complete smile! However, many people don’t realize is that there are different types of dental implants. Let’s take a moment to discuss the two main categories. Who knows? If one type of implant isn’t right for you, the other variety might be a perfect fit.
Endosteal implants are much more common than the other type; they’re usually the focus of discussions about implant dentistry. With these, your oral surgeon inserts screws, blades, or cylinders into your jawbone. Over a period of a few months, through a process known as osseointegration, your body forms a strong bond with the implants. It’s this unique bond that gives your new teeth an extremely sturdy base. Also, because the implants act like natural tooth roots, they promote blood flow to your jaw, which can prevent the bone loss that often comes with missing teeth.
There are several factors that determine whether someone is a good candidate for endosteal implants, but one of the most significant is bone height and density. Your jaw needs to be strong enough to support the implants. If, however, the bone is a little weaker than desired, a bone graft may be able to fix the issue.
If you are going to receive subperiosteal implants, your surgeon will place a lightweight frame on your jawbone. The frame is specifically made to fit your jaw, and it is based on images that your dentist took of your bones during the surgical preparation process. Your gums will heal over the metal framework; just a few posts will still protrude above the gum line; it’s those posts that will support your new smile.
The biggest advantage of subperiosteal implants is that they don’t require a surgeon to drill into the jawbone, so even people with weak or small bones could still be candidates for them. They’re also often recommended for people who are unable to wear traditional dentures.
Which Is Right for You?
To find out which type of implants are right for you, schedule an appointment with your local implant dentist. After performing some tests and asking you questions about your oral and overall health, they’ll let you know if endosteal or subperiosteal implants are a better fit for your circumstances. If your jaw is strong enough, it’s likely that endosteal will be the superior option for you; that’s because subperiosteal implants don’t come with the same bone-preserving power as their counterparts.
Thanks to either endosteal or subperiosteal implants, you might not be far away from a beautiful, restored smile!
About Common Park Dental
We have three talented dentists in our practice who are eager to cater to your needs. Dr. Kevin Guze, in particular, is an expert with dental implants, and he would be happy to help you reclaim a mouth full of teeth. If you would like to know more about how to replace your missing pearly whites, please contact us at 508-926-8633.
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