Dentists and patients alike love dental implants. In fact, they’re often touted as the best tooth replacement option because they’re sturdy, long lasting, and natural-looking. However, one fact that often gets left out of discussions about this treatment is that there are two types of implants — endosteal and subperiosteal. Those are big words, but don’t worry. We’re here to give you the lowdown on what they mean.
When people talk about dental implants, they’re usually discussing the endosteal kind. When your oral surgeon inserts these, they must create a hole in the jawbone and then insert the implant into it. Over time, your body bonds with the implant, which then acts similarly to a natural tooth root. It supports the prosthesis that replaces your missing teeth. Also, it can promote blood flow to your jaw, keeping it strong and preventing the bone loss that often comes when a person doesn’t have all of their chompers.
Endosteal implants are best for patients who have good bone density in their jaw, and they can be used to replace one teeth, a few teeth, or an entire row of teeth. If you don’t have a strong jaw, your dentist might be able to use a bone graft to give it the strength it needs to support your implant.
If it isn’t possible for you to receive endosteal implants, you might be a better candidate for the subperiosteal variety.
If your implant dentist decides that subperiosteal implants are a better option for you, the surgeon will place a lightweight metal frame directly on your jawbone, beneath your gums. The frame will be made specifically for your jaw, based on images and scans that your dentist took earlier. Your gums will heal over the framework, just leaving a few posts above the gums that will serve as the supports for your new teeth.
These implants are usually recommended for folks who don’t have a lot bone density or bone height in their jaw. Just like endosteal implants, they offer a strong base for your new smile and will last for a lifetime. They can also be used to replace multiple teeth or an entire row, making them an excellent option for folks who aren’t able to wear conventional dentures. Unlike endosteal implants, however, they will do little to preserve your jawbone.
Finding Out Which Is Right for You
To discover which type of implants are a better fit for you, you should schedule a consultation with an implant dentist. They’ll examine your mouth and use imaging technology to determine the state and shape of your jaw. They’ll also discuss all the pros and cons of your upcoming implant procedure, touching on things such as cost, healing time, maintenance, and more.
Both endosteal and subperiosteal implants have the power to restore your smile! Your dentist can determine which type is best for you.
About Our Practice
Drs. Jayson Voto and Hill Trammel work together with the rest of our team to help our patients achieve healthy, functional smiles. If you have questions about dental implants, we’d be happy to chat with you. Please contact our office at 918-272-5381.