Are you missing any teeth? Dental implants are only growing in popularity as a tooth replacement solution. However, when considering implants as on option, many people are unaware that there are actually two different types. Read to learn more about these types of dental implants and which one would be best for you before making an investment in your health and appearance.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made of titanium, that are placed in your mouth to support restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. There are two different types of implants:
Endosteal implants, the most common of the two, are small titanium screw-like posts that are placed in your jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible, so it permanently fuses to your bone to create the most sturdy and lasting support for various dental restorations.
These dental implants are placed under your gums but on, or above your jawbone. While the stability of these are not as strong as with endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants can still offer you a more sturdy, functional, and comfortable restoration.
How Do I Know Which Dental Implant is Right for Me?
Endosteal implants offer unique health benefits that you can’t get in other replacements, which is why they’re the most popular. When you lose teeth, your jawbone loses some of the stimulation it needs to keep from deteriorating. Because implants integrate into your jawbone, a process called osseointegration, they actually preserve and stimulate your jaw to keep it healthy and strong. This is also the reason why dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Endosteal implants also offer the strongest biting power, allowing you to eat a more nutritious diet.
Subperiosteal implants are often used for patients who don’t have a strong enough jawbone to accommodate endosteal implants but don’t want or can’t receive a bone graft. This procedure rebuilds and strengthens patients’ jawbones but not everyone is a candidate.
The only way to tell for sure is to visit your expert implant dentist for a consultation. They will give your mouth a careful examination to gage your oral health, the strength of your jawbone, and what type of implants you could benefit from most. After that, they’ll develop a unique treatment plan for your smile.
Are you ready for a more complete smile with long-lasting dental implants? Contact your dentist to get started on a beautiful, healthy, and functional grin.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Tim Stirneman is a dentist with decades of experience in providing quality care to his patients. He takes pride in offering two types of implants to accommodate various dental needs. He currently practices at Brand New Smile Dental Implant Center, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (847) 915-3080 for any questions.