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3 Facts You Should Know About Subperiosteal Implants

by Wyatt Morgan

The type of dental implants people usually think of are called endosteal implants. These implants are placed in a small hole made in your jawbone. Eventually, the jawbone itself grows around the implant to hold it in place. Unfortunately, some people are unable to get endosteal implants because they don't have enough bone density in their jawbones. If this describes you, then you still have a few options. You can choose to get a bone graft to augment the natural structure of your jaw, which will give your oral surgeon more bone to work with when placing endosteal implants. You can also choose to get subperiosteal implants instead. Here are three facts you should know about these implants.

1. They are placed in a different position.

Subperiosteal implants are placed above your jawbone rather than through it. They are shaped differently to allow them to functioned as intended without penetrating the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are longer and larger than endosteal implants. Your dentist will place them under your gums, with short metal posts emerging from your gums at the site of the missing tooth. Once your implants have healed, prosthetic teeth can be attached to the implant posts.

2. They can be completed more quickly.

The process of getting implants is a lengthy one that involves several steps. Before prosthetic teeth can be placed, your oral surgeon will want to give you mouth the chance to heal. This can take a few months, during which time you will have to be careful not to damage the temporary crown that is put in its place. Subperiosteal implants heal more quickly, since your oral surgeon only needs to cut into your soft tissue. The entire process from start to finish is faster, especially if you would require a bone graft for endosteal implants.

3. They can heal with less pain.

Subperiosteal implants can help you experience less pain during the healing process. Endosteal implants, which go through your jawbone, can cause serious discomfort as you heal. Subperiosteal implants often cause less pain, so you won't have to rely as heavily on pain medication during the healing process. This type of implants can be a good alternative for anyone who is worried about the discomfort involved with getting implants.

If you think you can benefit from subperiosteal implants, you should make an appointment with your dentist. They can examine your mouth and decide if you're a good candidate for this procedure.