TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
The most popular form of dental implant is the root implant. This type of dental implant is very effective and matches the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. This implant can be as strong structurally as the original tooth’s root.
The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone with care and precision and is allowed to heal from three to eight months, the jawbone firmly attaches itself to the dental implant. Once healing is complete, the patient returns to the dental office, where the dental implant is fitted with the new tooth.
Dr. Evans may also recommend another form of implant dentistry know as the plate form implant. This dental implant is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant. The plate form dental implant anchors into thin jawbones. The insertion process is the same as for a root implant, but in certain cases, plate dental implants are immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the healing period.
The last type of dental implant used for implant dentistry is the subperiosteal implant and are used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it cannot support a permanent implant. These dental implants are placed on top of the bone and embedded in the gums (not in the jawbone as with the other types of dental implants). Using the impression of the patient’s mouth and jawbone, a dental lab constructs implants to custom fit the patient’s jaw. On the second visit the dental implant is inserted above the jawbone allowing the gums grow up and around the implant over the next month.