Dental implants are utilized in many scenarios as an effective option to change a singular tooth, several teeth or a full collection of teeth. Here is a look at the various types of dental implants and the advantages plus disadvantages for different scenarios.
Endosteal dental implants are one of the most common kind of dental implant. This type of implant is surgical positioned into the patient’s jawbone using a titanium post. These posts may come in the form of a screw or a cylindrical tube.
Although these implant types are the most common, they do have disadvantages that should not be overlooked. Some of these disadvantages are:
- At times this can be a multistep procedure cause you to visit the specialist more than once before the completion of the operation.
- The healing process can take a while for most people taking up to six months
- Depending on the amount of bone density within the jaw the practitioner might suggest that you first go through a bone grafting procedure to better anchor the implant.
- Cost, most dental implants operations can be costly, and many insurance companies will not cover the procedure.
A much less typical form of dental implants are subperiosteal implants, which are positioned under the gumline but over the jawbone, as opposed to placing it within the jawbone like endosteal implants. Subperiosteal implants are utilized in circumstances where a person has inadequate jawbone thickness.
Disadvantages of subperiosteal implants are that they are less effective than their Endosteal counterparts due to not utilizing a reinforced structure, instead opting for placing a metal frame on top of the jaw line. Utilizing this method does not prevent the jaw from losing additional bone density causing a potential for the prosthetic to become loose and eventually replaced.
For more information on dental implant types, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bauer. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Bauer Dental Center are here to answer any questions you might have about all things dental related. We are currently located in the St Arroyo Grande, CA area to better assist you with your oral healthcare.