Comparing Dental Implants

Deciding exactly what treatment to get once you have lost your teeth can be a real headache. Losing your teeth is already distressing enough, and now you have to figure out what to do about it.

Dental Implants are the Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

WeSmile Dental & Implants will carefully examine your individual case and help you determine what type of dental implant will be your best option. Dentists at WeSmile Dental & Implants are educated, respected, experienced,and backed by the best technology in oral surgery yet! We will introduce you to the latest and greatest options in the world of dental implants, such as the new, ground-breaking #FIXon6 full dental implant system.

Here’s what we have for you:

In this article, we’ll take you through a crash course on the basic features of various common dental implants, give you some background on dental implant terminology, and most importantly, help you compare the dental implant options out there. This invaluable background will prepare you to make the right decision with your dentist.

Dental Implants Placement

Dental implants can be placed in two different ways. Both methods will provide a stable base for your new teeth and will contribute to a natural and secure fit.

Endosteal Implants 

These are dental implants that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. A small screw, typically made of titanium is inserted into the jawbone, serving to imitate the root system of a tooth. These implants can be threaded screws, smooth cylinders, or blades, depending on the type of implant your dentist determines is most suitable for your condition. Endosteal implants are used for two-stage procedures, which we will discuss further in the Procedures section. They are placed so that they lay flush with the jawbone beneath the gums, and the gums will cover over them. Endosteal implants are an alternative to removable dentures and bridges. For these implants to be possible, your dentist will help you determine if you will need any bone grafting or augmentation or a sinus lift to create a suitable base for the implants. Again, the needs of each patient will vary.

Subperiosteal Implants 

These kinds of implants are not inserted into the jawbone, but rather the gums. It is like a small, metal framework that is placed under the gum tissue and sits right on top of the jawbone. While the framework stays hidden under the gum and attaches to the jawbone as it heals, posts for each replacement tooth remain exposed. Those posts will become the ‘root’ that the artificial tooth is attached to. Subperiosteal implants are typically used when doing a one-stage dental implant procedure and most commonly used for patients who do not have deep enough jawbone to sustain endosteal implants.

Dental Implants Procedure

With the two-stage, single-stage, and Immediate Loading dental implants procedures, dentists have reported similar success rates, and the success rates are high! 

Two-Stage Dental Implants 

The two-stage method for dental implants is the most common. The first stage is the placement of the previously discussed endosteal implants. Once they have been implanted successfully, the patient’s gums are stitched up and given time to recover. The gum tissue will close up over the implants to protect the implant while it fuses to the bone. After sufficient recovery time, it’s time for the second stage. A minor surgery is needed to open the gum tissue in order to attach a post to the implant. Once the post is attached, the artificial tooth will then be attached to the post. Just like that, you have gorgeous new teeth!

Single-Stage Dental Implants

The single-stage method of dental implants pairs with the aforementioned subperiosteal implants. Once the metal framework has been placed so that it rests on the bone, the gum tissue is sewn up, leaving only the posts protruding. After a few months of recovery, the patient is ready to go back in and have their abutments and teeth attached. Bonus: no second surgery required! In some cases, the abutment can be attached immediately after the metal framework has been implanted. However, this does pose a risk to the healing process, as it is hard to protect the area completely from external forces.

Immediate Loading 

In certain cases, a dentist will carefully decide that his patient is a good candidate for immediate loading. This means that the implant is surgically placed directly after the removal of a tooth, followed by the placement of a crown. But since a lot of bone volume and density are required to qualify for immediate loading, most patients are usually not considered as candidates for this type of procedure.

Now you have some background on the ins and outs of the Placement and Procedure of dental implants. 

The bottom line:

Rest assured that when you discuss your dental implant options with WeSmile Dental & Implants, we will help you nail down a solution that will ultimately restore that lovely full-tooth grin you are missing!

Meet Our IMPLANT SPECIALIST:

Todd Singer, DDS

Todd Singer

Dr. Singer is a proven leader and expert in clinical excellence. He earned his DDS at the State University of New York at Stony Brook then completed his Periodontic Residency at the University of Maryland’s Dental School in Baltimore. He was a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland for many years and has now brought that same expertise to his position at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine where he is currently an Assistant Dean. Whether it’s teaching future dentists or caring for patients at WeSmile, Dr. Singer is happiest when he’s in a dental setting.

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