We all have different ways of taking care of our bodies. Have you ever met someone who always seems fit and strong, but rarely works out? Or maybe you know someone who is constantly eating sweets but has never gotten a cavity. It goes to show that we are all different. Our bodies require different things, and our dental health is no different. Patients who need dental implants due to teeth that are diseased, missing, worn or chipped have several options to choose from, depending on what is right for the individual. Please contact us with any specific questions about our dental implant services.
Dentists offer these four main types of implants to their patients:
Single Stage Dental Implants
Single stage dental implants are longer than other types, and are placed directly into both the gum and the jaw below it. The top is left exposed, and left to heal for several months. After the dental implant procedure has healed properly, the dental surgeon is then able to return, placing the abutment right onto the implant without exposing it again, or placing the tooth restoration, completing the process.
Two Stage Dental Implants
Even though single stage implants require two visits, the difference between these types is that two stage dental implants require two surgical processes. The dental implant is still placed directly into the jaw below the gum and then left to heal for several months. Next, a secondary minor surgery takes place where the implant is then exposed from below the gum. Then, the abutment is attached, along with the temporary crown and/or restoration.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Also known as Endosseus dental implants, this procedure is again placed directly into the bone of the jaw, just like the two stage option. This type of implant differs in that it is specifically used for multiple replacements, most often for bridges or dentures.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
The subperiosteal implant process involves placement of a metal post. The implant is placed into the jaw bone and the metal post is left to remain exposed above the gum line. The post, in this process, it what is used to place the abutment and hold the tooth restoration.
Each type of dental implant has its advantages and disadvantages, and the differences can be difficult to understand without seeing. Having a consultation with a professional can help you get a great understanding of how each one would work for you, and which option would be the best choice. Learn more about the costs associated with dental implants.