As a consumer, one of the best things about modern life is that there’s so much information at your fingertips. Whether you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle, trying a new restaurant, or getting dental work, you can easily find the information you need to help you make the best decision!
So if you’d like to learn more about dental implants, keep reading to find out how they work and the difference between the two main types: endosteal and subperiosteal. After reading this blog, you’ll know what those two terms mean and which option is best for you!
What Is a Dental Implant?
The term “implant” refers to an artificial replacement root that is used to support an individual dental crown, bridge or denture. This “root” is usually a titanium post and is what makes implants stand out from other options such as dentures.
That’s because implants trick the body into thinking there’s still a root present, which is important for two reasons. First, the bone mass in the jaw is maintained. Second, a replacement root dramatically improves function, comfort and stability.
Endosteal simply means “in the bone.” This is the most common type of implant, where the titanium post is placed in the jawbone to take the position that a root usually occupies.
After the post has been given 3-6 months to fully integrate, or fuse, with the surrounding jawbone, it’s ready to support the rest of the restoration (i.e., crown, bridge or denture).
Are You a Good Candidate?
Endosteal implants are typically recommended for patients who:
- Have reasonably healthy gums that can support the implant.
- Have adequate bone levels in their jaw to provide room for the implant.
- Don’t smoke. Tobacco use significantly reduces the success rate of implants.
The best way to find out if you qualify for this option is to schedule a consultation with an implant dentist. In addition to thoroughly examining your mouth, your dentist will take images to evaluate the bone mass in your jaws.
Subperiosteal implants involve an additional step! First, a metal framework is placed under the tissue, which acts as an anchor to secure the titanium posts.
This type of implant is more costly because it’s more involved. The framework is custom-made to fit each individual patient prior to placing the implants.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Subperiosteal implants are a great choice for people who are missing all of their teeth, particularly those who have lost significant bone mass in their jaws.
So if you’ve become unable to wear a regular denture because your jaws have shrunk over time, this could be an excellent option.
Regardless of your situation, we can customize an implant solution that will restore your smile and overall quality of life. It’s a wonderful investment in yourself that can give you a lifetime of great oral health!
About the Author
With decades of experience as an implant dentist, Dr. Gary Sherman has helped countless patients with missing teeth reclaim their oral health. He always takes the time to educate patients about their options so they can make the best decision for themselves. If you have any questions, he can be reached via website or at (516) 538-1100.