Dental implants are becoming a common solution to replacing a missing tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an accident or from some other reason. The two types of implants are endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is where artificial teeth can be surgically placed into the jawbone, and it’s typically used on patients with bridges or removable dentures. The subperiosteal implant is where a metal posts stick out through the gum where artificial teeth can be attached, and it’s used on patients who are unable to wear dentures or have a limited jawbone height.
If you have missing teeth, you should talk to your dentist to see if implants are right for you. Some of the things a dentist will consider is if you have an adequate jawbone to support the implants, and they will look to see if you have good oral health in general. Your overall physical health and any medications you are taking may also be a factor as to whether or not you are a candidate for implants. If you are a candidate, then your dentist will determine if an endosteal or subperiosteal is best for your situation.
Getting dental implants is a team effort that involves a dentist, a periodontist and you. They will work with you in determining where and how to place the implant and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Your implants should be treated and cared for like normal teeth, and you need to continue to make regular dental visits so that the dentist can monitor the implant.
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