Dental Implants (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- What are dental implants?
- When would I need a dental implant?
- What are the different types of dental implants? What are the different uses for implants?
- Will I feel pain when getting a dental implant?
- What is the procedure for getting a dental implant?
- How much does a dental implant cost? Does insurance pay for dental implants?
- What are the potential risks and complications with a dental implant?
- What follow-up care is necessary after getting a dental implant?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
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 and (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).
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