The Different Types of Dental Implants

The Different Types of Dental Implants

Posted by Richard Sellen Dec 20,2023

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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots typically made of titanium surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth. They are a durable and stable foundation for dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone through osseointegration, ensuring a strong and permanent anchor for the artificial teeth. At Richard D. Sellen, DDS, dental implants offer a natural-looking and functional solution for individuals with missing teeth, improving oral health, appearance, and overall quality of life.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

An endosteal implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone by our San Jose, CA dentist and fuses with the bone over time. These implants are the most common dental implant and are an excellent option for most patients. The endosteal implants consist of three parts: the titanium screw, abutment, and crown. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that the body accepts well. Once the screw has fused to the bone, an abutment is attached to the screw, and the crown is placed on top of the abutment.

Subperiosteal Implants

A subperiosteal implant is not surgically implanted into the jawbone. Instead, it is placed above the gum line on the jawbone. This type of implant is often used when there is not enough healthy bone to support an endosteal implant. The subperiosteal implants are also a good option for patients who cannot or do not want to undergo surgery.

The Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental Implants Are Permanent 

Dental implants in San Jose, CA, are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable. They are surgically placed into the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time. Once fused, they are as stable as your natural teeth.

Dental Implants Look Natural

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. The crown of the implant is custom-made to match your surrounding teeth in shape and color. No one will be able to tell that you have an implant unless you tell them.

Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth 

Because dental implants are permanently fixed into the jaw, they function just like your natural teeth. You can eat and speak normally without worrying about your teeth slipping or falling out.

Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss 

When you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported that tooth begins to deteriorate. Over time, this can lead to facial sagging and other oral health problems. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss by stimulating the bone in your jaw.

Discover the joy of smiling with dental implants—your permanent solution to a confident and radiant smile. If you're ready to regain confidence in your smile and experience the life-changing benefits of dental implants, visit Richard D. Sellen, DDS, at 1600 Willow St #150, San Jose, CA, 95125, or call (408) 264-3133.

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