A dental implant is a small, sturdy titanium post that is implanted into your jaw and acts as the root structure of your tooth. A dental implant may be placed into your upper or lower jawbone to hold in place a bridge, denture or crown. There are two main types of dental implants: •Endosteal (in the bone): The most common type of dental implant, endosteal implants, use screws, blades or cylinders that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Each individual implant will hold one or more replacement teeth. This type of implant is generally recommended if you have a bridge or removable denture. •Subperiosteal (on the bone): This type of implant is placed over top of your jaw with metal framework. The posts will protrude through your gum to hold your replacement tooth or teeth in place. Subperiosteal implants are often advised if you cannot wear traditional dentures or if you do not have a high jawbone. To ensure the longevity of your dental implant, you must be dedicated to good oral hygiene. If you do not brush and floss regularly, and maintain routine check-ups, your implants will likely fail. At Desert Smiles in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS is an experienced Scottsdale implant dentist who can help beautify your smile and restore functionality. If you live in Scottsdale or Peoria, Arizona area and are considering dental implants to replace one or multiple missing teeth, please contact the Scottsdale implant dentists at Desert Smiles today.