Historically, there have been two main types of dental implants dentist use for patients: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants refer to implants that are placed into the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates, these implants are the most common type.
On the other hand, subperiosteal implants are more for those patients that have a shallow jawbone or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it. These dental implants are placed underneath the gums but on, or above, the jawbone.
Even though the primary function of dental implants is for teeth replacement, there are certain areas in which dental implants can assist in other dental procedures. Due to their firmness, dental implants can be implemented to support a removable denture and give a more secure and comfortable fit. Furthermore, for orthodontics procedures, dental mini-implants can serve as temporary anchorage devices to help move teeth to your desired position. After their function has been served, they are removed.
Dental implant patients are all ages, and implants may be the right choice for anyone that is missing multiple or all teeth due to injury, defects or decay.
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