What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

If your tooth has suffered damage that’s beyond routine dental repairs, a dentist might suggest replacing the tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are excellent substitutes for damaged teeth. Unlike partial dentures and full dentures, dental implants have a natural look and feel – not to mention, they’re generally more secure than other options. Here are two different types of dental implants that the office of Dale Probst DMD, a James Island and Charleston, SC dentist, wants you to know about.

  • Subperiosteal implants With this type of implants, metal frames are secured onto your jawbone underneath your gum tissue. After the surgery, as your gums start healing, the metal frames attach to the jawbone. The posts that are attached to these frames will show through your gums and once they’re secured, the artificial teeth will be attached to the posts.
  • Endosteal implants  These implants require two separate surgeries. In the first surgery, the implants will be placed inside your jawbone. The next surgery takes place after the gums have healed. At this time, posts will be put in place and the artificial tooth will be added.

What do you need to receive these implants? In order to get either type of dental implant, you need to have good oral health overall. This includes moderately strong bone structure, as well as healthy gums. Getting these implants and caring for them afterwards requires dedication. You’ll also need to schedule routine dental check-ups.

Do you want to see if you’re a good candidate for implant dentistry? Contact our office today. You can rely on our cosmetic dentist to give you a brilliant smile. Dale Probst, DMD serves James Island, North Charleston, Charleston, Summerville, and surrounding areas of the South Carolina Lowcountry.