July 16, 2023

What is Endosteal Implant?

The most common type of dental implant is the endosteal implant, which is surgically placed directly in the jawbone. During the weeks following the procedure, the bone will grow around the implant (known as osseointegration) to securely anchor it in place. There are two main types of endosteal implants--cylinder and blade. Cylinder implants have a screw that holds the replacement tooth; blade implants have thin, flat pieces of titanium that can anchor one or more prosthetic teeth.

Endosteal implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. They can also be used to hold a bridge or denture in place. This treatment is an excellent alternative to removable dentures or bridges, which can slip and cause discomfort when chewing and talking.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for endosteal implants or dental onlay, an oral surgeon or dentist will conduct a comprehensive consultation and examination. A patient must be in good overall health, with enough healthy gum tissue and a sufficiently developed jawbone to support the implant. 

The best candidates are typically non-smokers who do not have chronic gum disease. In addition, patients must be committed to a rigorous oral hygiene regimen and willing to undergo the lengthy healing process. During this time, some pain, bleeding, swelling and bruising may be experienced, but over-the-counter medication usually alleviates these symptoms. Follow-up visits to the dentist and/or oral surgeon will be necessary to monitor the healing process and to ensure the implant is thriving.


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