How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 3

Hello again, to all of our faithful followers and returning readers!  If you have been a regular follower of this blog, then you’re well aware that this blog is long-standing in its devotion to the education of Dr. Scharf’s patients as well as his readers.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Recently, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible newer technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. Last time, we promised that our next installment would be on the various types of dental implants and how they work, so, without further ado, let’s take another step in this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

First, General Information

There are two types of dental implants from which your dental professional can choose for your dental procedure.  The choice of implant is largely dependent upon the general health as well as the oral health of the patient. Xrays and a general review of your oral health will be utilized to determine the strength of the jawbone which will ultimately determine the type of implant which is best for you.  The presence of any periodontal or gum disease will also need to be evaluated and treated before the dental implantation process begins.

Two Types of Dental Implants

Now, we’ll move on to the two types of dental implants: Endosteal Implants and Subperiosteal Implants.  

  • Endosteal implants are posts which are implanted into the jawbone during a surgical procedure.  These posts are generally made of titanium but other materials are available for those people who, for a number of other health reasons, cannot tolerate the titanium material.  Once the area has healed from the placing of the post, a dental implant will be placed on the post and the artificial tooth will then be placed to complete the look of the new tooth.  
  • Subperiosteal implants are metal frames that are created and fitted to the jawbone, just below the gum tissue.  Once healing takes place, the metal frame is affixed to the jawbone and the posts (endosteal implants) are then attached to the metal frame.  The artificial teeth are then placed on the endosteal implants which are attached to the metal frame. Generally, endosteal implants are used to replace single missing teeth whereas the subperiosteal implant replaces areas of multiple missing teeth.

Once these dental implants are in place, they will function like the natural teeth they replaced, frequently performing even better than those natural teeth. These implants will last a lifetime and are cared for just like your natural teeth, enabling you to have a new set of functional and attractive teeth to renew your beautiful smile.  Your dental professional will need to follow your oral health routinely just as he would any other patient, watching for problems or issues which could result in a decrease in your oral health. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and he will be happy to evaluate and treat gum disease in you or any member of your family, giving the benefit of his surgical expertise in the event that dental implants are recommended for you.  Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.


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