Implant Dentistry and Periodontics - Michael D. Edwards, DDS, MSD
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Your Dental Implant Options

dentist and patient looking at x-raysThese days, you don’t have to worry about using an unrealistic denture if you are missing teeth due to an injury or previous tooth decay. Dental implants, which are artificial teeth that are anchored directly into your jaw, are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and incredibly durable. Here are a few of the most common types of dental implants, and how Dr. Edwards and Dr. Rajkumar will decide which version is best for your smile.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are dental implants that are independently inserted into the jawbone itself. Endosteal implants typically require two surgical procedures—one to place the posts and another to add abutments to the posts that will eventually hold the new dental crowns. Endosteal implants are best for patients who have a generally healthy mouth and can commit to an extended dental implant procedural timeline.  

Subperiosteal Implants

Unlike endosteal implants, which each have their own individual post, subperiosteal implants are supported by posts attached to a metal frame that is installed below the gumline. The posts that support the dental crowns protrude through the gumline, and the frame is attached to the jawbone with posts of its own.

Subperiosteal implants work well for patients who don’t have sufficient jawbone width or height to place dental implants. Subperiosteal implants can also be used as part of a single-stage dental implant procedure, helping patients to complete their implant surgery faster than traditional endosteal procedures.

Immediate Load Implants

In certain cases, Dr. Edwards and Dr. Rajkumar might recommend immediate load implants, which are designed to be installed in a single day. During the immediate load implant procedure, the posts or subperiosteal frame is installed and the crowns are attached on the same day. After the surgery, patients will have a smile that looks normal, and they can eat soft foods until their implant locations heal. However, please note that not all patients are candidates for immediate loading, since the gum tissue and jawbone needs to be healthy enough to support the changes.

Make An Appointment Today!

If you are interested in dental implants in Indianapolis, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Edwards and Dr. Rajkumar will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help you to meet your dental goals. Periodontists in Indianapolis receive an additional three years of specialized training regarding the placement and maintenance of dental implants, which is why you should make an appointment with Implant Dentistry and Periodontics today.

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