Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a special type of tooth restoration that can give you back a natural-looking tooth, your ability to eat and your smile confidence. The implant consists of a titanium screw or rod that fits into the jaw just like the root of a natural tooth. Once it has integrated with the bone tissue, an abutment and crown, or other restoration, will be attached to complete your new smile. If you are a candidate for dental implants, you may have several options from which you can choose, including:
• Endosteal implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of implants. They are inserted directly into the jawbone and become a part of the bone as the jaw heals.
• Subperiosteal implants
This type of implant may be used in those with shallow jawbones who are not candidates for grafts or who may not be candidates for endosteal implants. A subperiosteal implant fits above the jawbone and below the gums.
• Single tooth implants
These individual implants are used to support individual crowns for a restoration that is indistinguishable from natural teeth.
• Multiple implants
Multiple implants can be used with bridges or dentures to replace multiple teeth.
• Mini dental implants
Mini implants are ideal for those who are not candidates for full-sized implants and are usually used with dentures.
• Full mouth implants
Full mouth implants are used with dentures to replace an entire smile of teeth.
Dr. Frame can help you decide on the best implants for your needs. Call us today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in dental implants in Santa Clara.
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