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Dental Implants (cont.)

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What are the different types of dental implants? What are the different uses for implants?

Historically, there have been two different types of dental implants:

  1. endosteal
  2. subperiosteal

Endosteal refers to an implant that is "in the bone," and subperiosteal refers to an implant that rests on top of the jawbone under the gum tissue. Subperiosteal implants are no longer in use today because of their poor long-term results in comparison to endosteal dental implants.

While the primary function of dental implants is for teeth replacement, there are areas in which implants can assist in other dental procedures. Due to their stability, dental implants can be used to support a removable denture and provide a more secure and comfortable fit. In addition, for orthodontics procedures, dental mini-implants can act as temporary anchorage devices (TADs) to move teeth to a desired position. These mini-implants are small and temporarily fixed to bone to aid in anchorage for teeth movement. They are subsequently removed after their function has been served.

Will I feel pain when getting a dental implant?

Dental implant surgery is usually performed under local anesthetic and therefore, no pain should be felt during the procedure. After the local anesthetic has worn off, the post-surgery discomfort will vary with each individual case. However, in general, most people will feel discomfort similar to a tooth extraction afterwards. This pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014

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