If you’ve done a little bit of research about dental implants already, you’ve probably come to discover that there are two main types of implants commonly offered to patients—endosteal and subperiosteal. So what are the key differences between the two? Well, it boils down to a few different factors with the most influential being jawbone maturity, location in relation to the jawbone, and the risks that each type of implant poses on the patient.

All-In-One Dental Innovations seeks to clarify these differences to provide patients with the proper education about implant dentistry before going into surgery. Continue reading down below to learn more.

subperiosteal vs. endosteal implant

Let’s start off by discussing what an endosteal implant is by reviewing Dr. Arthur Glosman’s definition of endosteal implants down below. As you will notice, Dr. Glosman touches up on who is a candidate for these types of implants and the placement of endosteal implants in the patient’s jawbone. It’s extremely important to understand the type of implant you might need prior to surgery so you can choose the right professional to execute your dental implant installation and be prepared to take care of your implant post-operation.

Teeth Implants: Endosteal and Subperiosteal

“Endosteal, which means “in the bone,” is the type of dental implant that is most commonly used. It is further categorized into different types according to the kind of accessories used. Blades, cylinders, and screws are placed into the patient’s jawbone through surgery. A single implant has the capacity to hold at least one prosthetic tooth, but there are cases where an implant can hold two or more prosthetic teeth. Not all individuals qualify for this type of dental implant so getting a dental consultation is necessary. Generally, individuals who have dentures or bridges are good candidates for endosteal implants when the other options have been exhausted.”

If now we know endosteal implants are placed within the jawbone, then where are subperiosteal implants placed? The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reviews the location of the subperiosteal implant in relation to a patient’s jawbone in the following post. Read below to also find out what patients are a candidate for this type of dental implant.

Types of implants & techniques

“Subperiosteal: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot, or do not want to, undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.”

So how safe are dental implants and why might you need expert advice from a dental health professional about your implant surgery? The Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center discusses the answers to those questions in the article below.

Dental Implants

“Dental implants are usually safe and remain to be the closest you can get to wearing natural teeth. They can last a life time if proper care is taken. At this juncture your dentist may choose to involve a periodontist. A periodontist are medical practitioners who also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have the perfect implants.However the success of an implant depends mostly on the health of its recipient, drugs which influence the chances of osseointergration and the general mouth tissues. The amount of stress that will be faced by the implant during chewing should also be evaluated since this will help in minimizing wear and tear. Positioning of the implants will also be very vital. Though the positioning will entirely be determined by the adjacent teeth, ensuring that they fit in well will enhance their efficiency and therefore reduce on their stress. It is also because of these reasons that you should in fact consult your doctor.”

If you have other questions about the type of dental implant you might need and the safety risks associated with that implant, you should consult with a trusted dental health professional like the staff members at All-In-One Dental Innovations. Call us today at (925) 828-9811 to schedule your consultation!

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