Posted on 4/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, injury, or for some other reason?
If so, then dental implants might be an option for you. A dental implants purpose is to hold in place a replacement tooth or sometimes a bridge. The implant itself is inserted into the jaw for added structure.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Generally speaking, the ideal candidate for a dental implant is one whose gums are free of periodontal disease where the gums remain healthy, intact and an adequate amount of healthy bone is present. Additionally, it is preferred that the overall health of the patient is also in good condition.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implants:
Subperiosteal, or "on the bone"- Subperiosteal dental implants are set in place into a metal framework that will sit atop the gum and is an ideal dental implant option for those candidates who are not a good fit for dentures and also who do not have an ideal amount of bone height to the jaw.
Endosteal, or "in the bone"- Endosteal dental implants are set in place in the jawbone where there are three different types commonly used: cylinders, steals or blades. Dental implants of this nature can hold one or many prosthesis and are a good replacement option for those who have traditional dentures or bridges.
Who Performs Dental Implant Procedure?
Periodontists are dental specialists whose expertise lies within the bone and surrounding tissues of the mouth. Together, with your regular dental practitioner they will work to give you back a smile that you will be confident and happy with.
Periodontists have the special particular training and knowledge needed to produce a smile for you that not only looks 100 percent natural, but also that feels natural and comfortable to you.