There are three different types of dental implants available for use in replacing your missing tooth. Most dental implants are made from titanium due to its high success rate at fusing with living bone. Dr. Wilcox will evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone before recommending the ideal implant option for you.
The three types of dental implants are:
- Root form dental implants
- Plate form dental implants
- Subperiosteal dental implants
Root form implants are the most common option used in dental implant procedures. They are cylindrical, screw type implants that closely resemble the size and shape of a natural tooth root. Root plane implants are used with patients who have wide, deep bone structure that will properly fuse with the implant. If your jawbone is too narrow or shallow to accommodate a root form implant, Dr. Wilcox may perform a bone graft to allow for proper placement.
If your jawbone is too narrow and shallow to accommodate a root form implant and you are not a candidate for bone grafting, Dr. Wilcox may recommend plate form implants. These dental implants have a flat and long shape that fits well into a narrow jawbone.
Subperiosteal dental implants are used with patients who have suffered severe bone degeneration in their jaw and cannot accommodate a root form implant or a plate form implant. This dental implant is positioned on top of the bone, but under the gums.
Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox uses root form dental implants with the vast majority of his patients, but will recommend plate form and subperiosteal implants in circumstances where they will produce the most effective results.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your initial dental implant consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.