An increasingly popular method to replace missing teeth, the dental implant process involves attaching very realistic looking fake teeth to your jaw with titanium supports. These implants are very natural looking and last for life. They also tend to be more comfortable because they are attached directly to the jaw instead of remaining teeth. However, they are an expensive investment and require multiple visits to properly install. Dental implants are successful 95% of the time.
There are three types of implants for you and your dentist to discuss and choose from: root form implants, plate form implants, and subperiosteal implants. A root form implant’s titanium support is shaped like the tooth’s natural root structure. This is the most common form of implant. The plate form is flat and long and is more suited to those with a narrow jawbone. Lastly, the subperiosteal implant sits on top of the bone but just below the gums. It is designed specifically for those with jaws lacking the necessary width and height to support the other two implants.