There Are 2 Types Of Dental Implants. Which Is Best For You?
.Have you thought of ways to restore your dentition, especially after you’ve had a missing tooth or damaged tooth? Perhaps, you should consider dental implants.
A dental implant can offer a great alternative to dentures or bridgework. In fact, dental implants can also be an excellent option for building overdentures when missing natural teeth roots.
Figure 1 Dental Implant
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are cylinders or screws made of titanium, which are placed surgically into the jawbone beneath the gum to replace a missing tooth.
Dental implants enable dentists to place the artificial tooth into a missing space by mounting the tooth crown into the surgical placed dental implant. After this procedure, your new tooth crown looks and feels just the way your real teeth look and feel.
Dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. Whether one tooth or many dental implants are worth considering, if you find that your dentures are challenging to wear or are having difficulty talking or chewing with them, dental implants may be an option for you.
Dental implants have made teeth replacement and the wearing of artificial teeth much easier as they provide stable support for your artificial teeth.
Types of dental implants
There are two main types of dental implants that the American Academy of Implant Surgery considers safe.
- Endosteal implants
This type of dental implant is also called an endosseous implant and is the most commonly used dental implant type.
This type of dental implant is placed in the jawbone and is typically made of titanium cylinders shaped like small screws.
Figure 2 Endosteal implant
- Subperiosteal implants
This type of dental implant is also placed under the gum. However, unlike the endosteal implant placed in the jawbone, the subperiosteal implant is placed on or above the jawbone.
This means the implant rests on top of the jawbone beneath the gum.
Figure 3 Subperiosteal implant
Endosteal dental implants versus subperiosteal dental implant: which is best for you?
Even though dental implants are mostly used to replace missing teeth, there are cases where dental implants can help with other dental procedures. For example, dentists have used them to support removable dentures and provide a more comfortable dentition fit.
But which of these two types of dental implants are the best for you?
When it comes to stability, endosteal dental implants offer the best result. They also give your new teeth a natural feeling. They are more commonly used nowadays compared to subperiosteal dental implants.
However, if you have a narrow jawbone ridge such that you don’t have enough bone to support the endosteal implant, subperiosteal implants might be the best option for you.
A subperiosteal dental implant might also work best for people whose jawbone has been worn out. This can be due to disease or trauma, and you do not want to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild the jawbone.
Endosteal implants have proven to be safe and effective and have been the most commonly used dental implant today.
However, your prosthodontist would be in a better position to help you determine the best dental implant that best suits your dental condition.
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