Different Dental Implant Options

Dental implant

The American Dental Association believes that dental implants are one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. Our dental office sees many patients who are considering dental implants to improve their smiles and their overall health.

Not all patients who visit our North Hollywood dentist office realize that dental implants are not strictly for cosmetic purposes. Because the implants go into the empty socket where a tooth once was, they prevent bone loss and promote correct tooth alignment. Over time, the implant fuses with your jaw bone; and although it is an artificial tooth, you may have some limited sensation.

Our dental implants dentist in North Hollywood generally recommends one of three different types of dental implants, depending on a patients’ specific needs.

ENDOSTEAL IMPLANTS: This implant is inserted into the jawbone, taking the space that the missing tooth occupied. After the tissue surrounding the implant heals, our dentist does another surgery to attach a post to the implant and then connects the tooth to the post. The endosteal implant is our most common type of dental implant surgery, and our patients rave about their results.

SUBPERIOSTEAL IMPLANTS: These implants are different in that they do not attach to the jawbone. The dentist slides the subperiosteal implant frame under your gum but above your jaw. Four small posts extend out of your gums and will hold the implant in place. This type of implant is best for people with a shallow jawbone and cannot rebuild it.

TRANSOSTEAL IMPLANTS- This third kind of dental implant is the most complex of available implants. To implement this treatment, our dentist surgically implants a single piece into the submental skin. While this type of dental implant requires more surgical intervention than the other dental implants, the results are excellent, and the transosteal implants are the most durable of the dental implants.

If you are wondering which dental implants are right for you, contact our office. We would gladly consult with you and give you the necessary information to make the best decision for you.