Dental implants are a great way for patients with missing teeth to restore their smiles. If you’re interested in undergoing a dental implant procedure, knowing more about the types of implants we offer can help you be better informed about what to expect during treatment. At Samuel F. Jirik, DDS, we offer our patients endosseous and subperiosteal implants.
Located in Cabot AR, the practice of Dr. Jirik is proud to promote both patient education and excellent dental health care. If you have any questions about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today.
What are Endosseous Implants?
Endosseous implants, also referred to as endosteal implants, are the most widely used implants available. These implants are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone in order to provide a substitute to the original root of the missing tooth or teeth. Once this artificial root has healed, a crown or dental bridge is attached to the dental implant.
What are Subperiosteal Implants?
These implants are used in cases where there is not enough jaw bone width or height to support a conventional dental implant. More often than not, patients receiving these type of implants choose to undergo surgery because they cannot comfortably wear dentures due to the structure of their jawbones.
During the insertion process, a metal frame is attached on top of the jawbone, just below the gum tissue. Once the gums have healed, and this frame is firmly in place, artificial teeth are mounted on it. Because these implants are placed on top of the jaw, impressions or CAT scans of the jaw must be taken before beginning treatment so that a custom-fitted can be created.
How do I know Which is Right for Me?
If you’re still confused about which type of dental implant you should receive after reading these descriptions, don’t worry — you don’t have to make the decision alone. Before beginning any dental implant procedures, Dr. Jirik requires that each patient schedule a consultation appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Jirik will review your medical records, ask you questions about your teeth, and examine your current state of dental health to help decide which dental implant is right for you.
Dental implants are a fantastic way for patients to fill in missing or damaged teeth. If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to set up a consultation appointment, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!