Did you know that there isn’t just one type of dental implant? In fact, the different implant types allows more patients to receive this tooth replacement option, even patients with less bone mass than desired.
Dr. Gilly Calcagno, your Rochester, MN dentist discusses the different types of dental implants, in today’s article.
Choose from One of Two Implant Types
- Endosteal. This is the traditional type of dental implant, which is placed below the gum line and nestled within the jaw bone. These implants fuse with the jaw bone during a process called, osseointegration. Once this occurs, the implants serve as surrogate tooth roots, which provides incredible stability and longevity. Patients with sufficient jaw bone mass and otherwise sound oral health, typically receive the endosteal dentalimplants.
- Subperiosteal. When missing teeth go years without replacement, the jaw bone begins to atrophy from a lack of tooth root stimulation. This weakening in the jaw bone makes you more susceptible for further tooth loss. While this loss of jaw bone mass tends to disqualify patients from traditional dental implants, subperiosteal implants might provide an alternative.
Subperiosteal implants, or mini dental implants, sit atop of the jaw bone, yet remain under the gum line. Since the implant doesn’t penetrate the bone, the need for sufficient jaw bone mass is no longer an issue.
Which One is Right for You?
Depending upon your individual situation, your Rochester, MN dentist determines which implant would prove most effective for you. During your initial consultation, Dr. Calcagno examines the state of your jaw bone via x-rays. Once she has made a decision, she will discuss your options with you, and together, a decision is made.
Visit Calcagno Family Dentistry for Dental Implant Placement
Whether you’ve endured partial or full tooth loss, talk to Dr. Calcagno about using dental implants as your tooth replacement method. She can provide details about the procedure and what to expect during the recovery periods. To schedule an appointment with our Rochester, MN dental practice, call us at (507) 281-3659. Also, visit our website for services, before and after photos, and testimonials. We look forward to treating patients from Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington and surrounding communities.