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Types of Dental Implants and Their Candidates

Types of Dental Implants and Their Candidates

A dental implant is designed to act as a foundation for a replacement tooth. It is placed in the jawbone so that it can integrate with the bone tissue. Typically made from biocompatible titanium, implants are safe, effective, and considered the best option in tooth replacement. They offer patients long-term alternatives to dentures and bridges, and do not rely on gums or the adjacent teeth for support.

There are two primary types of dental implants:

1. Endosteal implants
This is the most common type of implant. Endosteal implants tend to be shaped like small screws, rods, or plates. They are placed directly in the jawbone, and the bone tissue heals around them, allowing them to act as the root of the tooth. Once the bone tissue heals, the endosteal implant can be restored using crowns, bridges, or dentures. Most people who have lost teeth are candidates for endosteal implants, but for the best results, they should have plenty of healthy bone tissue, as well as good dental and overall health.

2. Subperiosteal implants
This is a less commonly used type of implant, but may be necessary for some patients. Candidates for subperiosteal implants include those who have shallow jawbones, but who cannot or do not want to complete bone grafting or regeneration procedures to rebuild the tissue. The subperiosteal implants have a frame-like design that allows them to sit above and over the jawbone, but under the gum tissue. They are typically used to support dentures.

Call our office today to learn more about the different types of implants or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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