Dental implants are thin titanium posts that fit into the bone and replace missing tooth roots. With a 98 percent success rate, it's easy to see why dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacements. Unlike removable prostheses, dental implants are permanent and immovable. They create a stable, natural foundation in the mouth for optimal chewing, speaking, smiling, and more.
Now that you have a better understanding of dental implants, let's go over the different types and which one may be best for you.
Types of Dental Implants
The three common types of dental implants are endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic.
#1 Endosteal Implants
Endosteal is the most common and safest dental implant. They're suited for most patients, though they require a healthy jawbone for the post to fuse and stabilize. Endosteal implants are placeholder posts shaped like screws to which we attach prosthetic teeth.
Once the procedure is complete, it can take several weeks or months for the implants to integrate with the jawbone and for the mouth to heal. Once healed, we place the final prosthetic teeth into the implants, and you can enjoy your new and improved smile.
Some patients may not like the idea of having implants placed in the jawbone, in which case, the subperiosteal implants may be more suitable.
#2 Subperiosteal Implants
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants. Instead of being fixed to the jawbone, subperiosteal implants rest on top of the bone but beneath the gums. We place a metal frame with posts under the gum tissue, and the gum holds the frame in place. Next, we secure artificial teeth to the posts that peek through the gums.
Subperiosteal implants are generally suitable for patients who don't have enough jawbone for an endosteal implant, or the patient doesn't want to have a bone graft to add bone to the area.
#3 Zygomatic Implants
The least common dental implants are zygomatic, requiring a more extensive oral procedure. Zygomatic implants are placed in the patient's cheekbone and may be an option if the patient doesn't have enough healthy jawbone to hold an endosteal implant.
Dental Implants in Los Gatos, CA
Are you looking for dental implants or dental bridges in Saratoga? Well, you're in luck! Nicole Pagonis, DDS, can help you replace missing teeth and restore your smile's beauty and vitality with dental implants and other tooth replacements.
The only way to determine which dental implant is best for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pagnois. During the consultation, she will evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options in detail so that you can make an informed decision about your smile.