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A Look at the Different Types of Dental Implants

November 5, 2015 ADManage

Your cosmetic dentist will recommend dental implants near Park Ridge if you’re missing one or more teeth due to trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease. Dental implants are a safe and natural looking way to restore dental function, improve your smile, and prevent further dental problems. After you and your cosmetic dentist decide that dental implants are an appropriate form of dental care for your needs, you’ll choose between the following types of dental implants.

teethEndosteal Implants
Endosteal implants are the dental implants that are recommended by cosmetic dentists most often. Endosteal dental implants utilize a titanium rod to provide support for the prosthetic tooth. The rod is implanted in the jawbone, and the jawbone grows around it as it heals. A prosthetic tooth is then attached to the titanium rod using an abutment and dental screws. In order to be a good candidate for an endosteal dental implant, you must have sufficient jawbone in which to anchor the titanium post. If you don’t, you can opt to undergo a bone grafting procedure to build up enough bone to support a dental implant.

Subperiosteal Dental Implants
If you are already suffering from bone loss or jawbone deterioration, your cosmetic dentist may recommend subperiosteal dental implants. These dental implants utilize a metal frame that is placed under the gum tissue, on top of the jawbone. As the gums heal, the metal frame fuses to the jawbone. Individual posts are then attached to the frame, and prosthetic teeth are attached to the posts. Subperiosteal dental implants are ideal for patients who don’t want to go through a bone grafting procedure, or who aren’t healthy enough to undergo more than one oral surgery.

Dental Implant Sizes
Dental implants are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Your cosmetic dentist will determine which size and shape of dental implant is appropriate for you based upon the appearance of your natural teeth. Common dental implant sizes are standard, and narrow. Narrow dental implants are also called mini implants.