Types of Dental Implants
Missing teeth due to trauma or disease is often an emotional problem as well as a physical one. Traditionally, people turn to ill-fitting dentures to try to improve their appearance and function.
Dental implants are used in lieu of dentures offering a permanent solution for replacing lost or damaged teeth. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Quigless will use one of following types of dental implants.
- Root form
- Plate form
Root Form Dental Implants
These are the most common implants and most closely resemble the function of the tooth. The titanium end is anchored securely in the bone of the jaw and a new porcelain abutment is mounted on top. Root form implants can be used to replace single, or multiple teeth.
In order for root form implants to be considered, you must have a lot of bone in which to anchor the titanium screw. After time, the bone integrates with the screw in a process called osseointegration.
A popular sub-type of root form dental implant is known as the mini dental implant. Mini type implants have a smaller diameter and require less bone than the standard sized implants.
Plate Form Dental Implants
If the bone to which the implant needs to be affixed is too narrow, Dr. Quigless may elect to use a plate form dental implant. Plate form implants metal rectangles and can be inserted vertically into the narrower bone.
Each plate has one or two metal prongs to which the abutment is attached when the swelling of the gums goes down.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
Bone resorption is a condition where the bone material is weakened because it is broken down by the body, usually due to diminished use. If resorption is severe and there is not enough bone material to use either the root form implants or the plate implants, Dr. Quigless may opt for a subperiosteal dental implant.
These implants are designed to fit over the bone, but underneath the gums. There are two methods for application.
- Single surgery method - Using a CAT scan of your jaw, Dr. Quigless will use advanced computer modeling to create the implant.
- Dual surgery method - This method requires an initial surgery where your jaw is exposed and an implant is made from which the implant is fabricated.
If you suffer from tooth loss, do not settle for ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures. Replace your teeth with expertly placed dental implants. To find out more about the various types of dental implants available, and which type is right for you, please contact St. Louis implant dentist, Dr. Quigless to schedule an initial consultation.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144