The Difference Types of Dental Implants: Which One Is Right for You?  

Despite remarkable advances in dentistry, millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. In fact, 26 percent of adults over age 65 have eight or fewer teeth, according to the CDC. When seeking treatment for one or more missing teeth, patients have several tooth replacement options, such as removable dentures and bridges. However, many patients prefer the look, function, and comfort of dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a type of replacement tooth that contains several components that mimic the structure of a tooth. During the procedure, a titanium post is placed into the jawbone that is used to securely hold a crown, denture, or bridge. Dental implants function and look just like real teeth. When dental implants are properly cared for, they can even last the rest of your life.

What are the Types of Dental Implants?

The two main types of dental implants include endosteal and subperiosteal.

The most common implants are endosteal, especially among patients with existing bridges or dentures. This type of implant is shaped like a small cylinder, screw, or blade that is inserted into the bone and topped with a prosthetic tooth.

Subperiosteal implants are different as they are placed above or on the jawbone with a metal post that is inserted under the gum. They are typically recommended to patients who have shallow jawbones that are unable to support endosteal implants.

Dental implants can also be one-stage or two-stage implants:

  • One-stage: This type of dental implant treatment requires just one surgical procedure. During treatment, the end of the implant is left exposed, allowing the prosthetic tooth to be placed without needing a second surgery.
  • Two-stage: Two-stage implants are most commonly associated with endosteal implants. This type of treatment requires two procedures. The first involves fusing the implant to the jawbone. The second stage occurs when the end of the implant is revealed and attached to a prosthetic tooth.

What One Is Right for You?

With many different types of dental implants available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. Your periodontist will consider many factors when making recommendations, such as the health of your jawbone, how many teeth are missing, and the overall state of your oral health.

Traditional endosteal dental implants are often recommended to patients who have adequate jawbone to support implants. However, if a patient lacks bone mass due to periodontal disease or another condition, other types of teeth replacement options may be recommended, such as subperiosteal implants.

Contact Vero Elite Dentistry to Get Started

If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, Vero Elite Dentistry can help. Our periodontist can place titanium implants with precision to enhance your smile and recover function. To learn more  or to schedule an appointment, contact Vero Elite Dentistry at 772. 617.2869.