Dental implants have sure made significant strides since their conception. Compared to the bamboo rods researchers found in specimens thousands of years ago, modern-day implants can now be designed and used for many complex patient scenarios.
Today, your implant dentist wants to go over two specific types of dental implants you may not have heard of before. With this information, you might just have your hope restored in pursuing dental implants.
What are Endosteal Implants?
These implants are considered to be the more traditional dental implant. They are typically screws, blades, or cylinders made from titanium or zirconia. They are designed to be surgically fitted into bone and allowed to heal over a period of time. This process of fusing to the bone is called osseointegration and is a large part of what makes dental implants so durable and stable for decades.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, endosteal implants are the most commonly used type of implant used in modern dentistry. Each endosteal implant is designed to hold just one tooth.
What are Subperiosteal Implants?
Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants rest on top of the jaw. The posts and metal framework protrude through the gums and hold a prosthetic tooth or other dental prosthesis in place. Subperiosteal implants do not fuse into the bone and instead rest on top, using the metal framework for support instead.
Now that we know the difference, we can break down which implant is best for you.
What Makes Me an Ideal Candidate for Endosteal and Subperiosteal Implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants should have good health overall, especially in the mouth. While dental implants are notorious for having an extremely high success rate, being in good health will make the healing process go as smooth as possible without any complications.
If you desire to replace missing teeth, you’ll most likely be recommended endosteal implants. If you plan on getting bridges and want something particularly strong to support them, or you plan on getting removable dentures, you’ll find endosteal implants to be the most effective.
However, if you cannot use convention dentures, subperiosteal implants would better fit your needs. These implants are ideal for patients with minimal bone height, as endosteal implants require high enough bone in order to fuse properly. At the end of the day, your dentist’s main priority is a successful implantation, restoring your everyday functions, and making your smile look as natural as possible.
Still not sure which dental implant is right for you? Schedule an appointment with your dentist today and take the steps to your new, beautiful smile!
About the Author
Dr. Tim Stirneman has over 26 years of experience working in dentistry. After earning his Bachelor of Science from Creighton University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Creighton University dental school, he continued to gain hundreds of hours of additional training, including training on dental implants. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (847) 854-7645 or visit his website.