The Different Types Of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are an excellent restoration solution, permanently replacing both the root and crown a missing tooth. Another benefit of dental implants are the different options available to suit your unique needs. Take a look at the many types of dental implants.

Endosteal Implants

These are the traditional dental implant option. The process of placement begins when a titanium post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone, below the gum line. During the next several months, this post will fuse to the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. Afterwards, we will attach an abutment post and then place the restoration over this post.

Subperiosteal Implants

These are a great alternative for patients who do not have enough jaw bone structure to support endosteal implants. These consist of a framework that sits on top of the jaw bone, while still remaining under the gum line. The implant will still fuse to the jaw bone tissue.

Dental Implant Restorations

We can use most dental restorations to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Here are a few of them:

  • Crowns: If you are missing one tooth, then one implant and one crown can restore it.
  • Bridges: These are used if you have three teeth missing in a row. Two implants are placed where the outer teeth were, and a bridge of three teeth attaches over these implants.
  • Dentures: A full arch of missing teeth can be restored with dentures, which we can stabilize with 4-6 dental implants.