Are There Different Dental Implant Techniques?
Every person’s bone structure is different. That’s why there are different types, sizes and techniques for placing dental implants. Dentists have developed four different ways to replace missing and damaged teeth.
A single implant only requires one surgical procedure, making it an easy and efficient procedure. Your dentist will surgically place a long dental implant into your gum and jaw, making sure that the top of the implant protrudes out of the gums. A temporary crown will be used as a placeholder as the jaw and gum heal. Once you have healed, you will go back into your dentist for the abutment and crown to be placed without any further surgery.
The two-stage dental implants is a two-step procedure to get your permanent replacement teeth. First, your dentist will surgically insert the base of the dental implant into your jaw bone. Once the jawbone is healed, your dentist will perform a second minor surgery where they will pull back your gums to reveal the dental implant and the abutment and crown will be attached to the base. Once this step is complete, you will have fully-functioning replacement teeth.
Endosteal implants are used in place of a bridge or dentures, working to replace several missing or damaged teeth. The endosteal implants follow the same procedure as the two-stage dental implants, with the major adjustment being that it covers several teeth.
Subperiosteal dental implants are unique in that they use a metal frame to secure the implant in place, using small metal posts. The metal posts are placed into the jawbone, with the frame exposed to hold the restoration in place. Typically, subperiosteal dental implants can be successfully installed using the single-stage technique.
All Types of Dental Implants at Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi
No matter what type of dental implant is best for you, Jose David Sanchez D.D.S. at Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi can help. Dr. Sanchez is trained in every single dental implant technique, staying on top of the newest trends and cutting-edge technology. If you are interested in finding out which dental implant type is best for you, schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (661) 822-3727.