Subperiosteal Dental Implants - Procedure | After Care

Subperiosteal dental implants are dental implants prepared out of a metal framework and inserted in the bone. This metal frame is fixed under gum tissue but above the jawbone. The dental implants patients who are suffering from bone loss in their jaw, need to go for subperiosteal dental implants. Unlike other dental implants, subperiosteal dental implants lie on top of the jawbone and under the thin layer of tissue between the bone and the gum (the periosteum).

Subperiosteal dental implants are rarely used with modern improvements in imaging, bone grafting, and dental implant design. Because the subperiosteal dental implant sets on top of the bone, it is not limited by the shape or the amount of bone present in the mouth. This technology allows a patient to avoid bone grafting and have a faster working of implanted teeth. Also, this kind of dental implants allows for a quicker healing process. Usually, dental implants require a few months of the healing period, but subperiosteal dental implants have a speedy recovery.

Subperiosteal dental implants are a substitute to endosteal dental implants for patients who can't go for the traditional dentures. Patients having weaker jawbones, or who have a minimum bone height (a shallow jawbone that can't support endosteal dental implants) may need subperiosteal dental implants. Endosteal dental implants are the most frequently used dental implants. They are generally used for patients who have no exceptional circumstances or prohibitive conditions. If a patient is overall healthy and doesn't have any other health issues or other factors affecting oral health, endosteal dental implants are recommended. If you need a tooth replacement, you may consult your dentist, who can help you to explore all your options that is good for you. Availing a proper diagnosis and treatment plan is always the first step to a better smile.

Subperiosteal Dental Implant Procedure

These dental implants usually look like screws, cylinders, or blades. These dental implants are implanted directly into the jawbone by surgery, during the first phase of the procedure. The oral surgeon uses local anesthesia to numb the portion of the mouth before placing the implant. The implant is then left for around three to six months while osseointegration occurs, and the titanium binds to your bone, thus ensuring a solid foundation for the prosthetic tooth.

Two surgical procedures are needed to make and insert a subperiosteal dental implant. Unlike other standard implants, a subperiosteal must be custom-made to fit the contours of a particular person's bone. Hence, in this procedure, in the first stage, the oral surgeon at our San Francisco office, will open the gum tissue with a scalpel, exposing the underlying bone. A bone impression is to be taken off by knowing the extent and contours of where the framework will be bonded and the position of the struts that will hold the bridges. Once the impression is taken correctly, they will close the gums with sutures until the next surgery is done. The whole procedure is carried out under the local anesthesia.

In the next step, the gum tissue is reopened with a scalpel, and the implant is placed into the bone. Very often, the tiny screws are used to hold it in the proper place. The tissues are sutured back over the implant frame, excluding anchor pieces called the permucosal extensions protruding from the gum. Finally, the oral surgeon will put a temporary bridge on the extension and allow the oral tissue to heal over it. A bridge that matches with the natural teeth can be cemented onto the extensions after the gums have healed.

Post-Subperiosteal Dental Implants Surgery Care

Sometimes, the failure or complication rate of a subperiosteal dental implant can be high. The better way to prevent these issues is to maintain good oral hygiene and religiously follow the post-operative instructions from your oral surgeon. Some patients may experience swelling and temporary pain in the implant for a few days, and your oral surgeon may instruct you to consume only soft foods for a week or so. Smoking can also augment your risk of dental implant failure and hence, should be avoided. Make sure, your oral surgeon checks for infection and proper gum growth at your follow-up appointments and remove any stitches if needed.

To conclude, it can be said that, if you have fractured or missing teeth, the oral surgeon at our San Francisco office, will advise you to go for the dental implants that are suitable for you. If you are a candidate for the subperiosteal dental implant procedure, it will offer a fitting and lasting solution to bridges or detachable dentures. As with any surgical process, there may be some risks depending on your circumstances, but a properly trained oral surgeon will provide you the best way to restore your smile. This type of dental implants may be the right choice if you are missing more than one tooth in the same area of your mouth. As a subperiosteal dental implant is placed onto the bone rather than into the bone, it is used to cover a large surface area. Although most of the implant structure is placed under the gum tissue, posts or bars remain opened above the gums, the superstructure (denture or partial) do the opposite. It is always better to take professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment and go with the advice of your oral surgeon with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. In our San Francisco office, we have a team of well trained dental professionals to deal with dental implants.

Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, offers a consultation at your convenience. You can learn more about dental implants and Implant Pro Center's treatment approaches. Find out today how dental implants can change your life. At Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, we take all primary dental and medical PPO insurances, along with Medicare, thereby decreasing your anxiety about the expense of dental implant treatment or any oral surgeries. A tremendously experienced and caring team will give life-long care, maintenance, and assistance. Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, is also decked with all the modern technologies like CT-Scan, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, Piezosurgery, etc. to present nothing less than the best of services. You will be entirely at ease for any of your surgeries.

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