Understanding Different Types of Dental Implants
To replace a missing tooth, we can surgically embed this small titanium post in your jaw. Endosteal implants are the most commonly used implant and can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. After placement, the implant will fuse with your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your smile.
Subperiosteal implants area ideal for patients whose jawbone is too shallow for traditional endosteal implants. These implants consist of a metal framework that fits on or over your jaw, just below your gum line. The posts are attached to the framework, rather than inserted in the jawbone.
Mini implants are another great option for patients with reduced jawbone tissue. These are almost identical to traditional posts, except they are smaller in diameter. While traditional implants often require custom abutments to support restorations, mini implants can directly support prostheses.
Using the All-on-4® technique, Dr. Hellwig can strategically place four implants to support a full dental arch. During treatment, we use computed tomography (CT) scanning to plan the location and angle of implants for optimal support. In most cases, we can restore implants the same day as surgery.