Addressing The Root Of Teeth: Dental Implants at Davidson Dental Group

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

With regular brushing and flossing, two teeth cleanings each year plus a bit of luck, you may never need dental implants. But for many people who have lost a tooth or who have periodontal disease, dental implants are a necessary treatment. Here is what you need to know about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are placed inside the jawbone at Davidson Dental GroupA dental implant is like an artificial root that is placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or even dentures, in place.

Usually dental implants are made of titanium which fuse into the jawbone. Along with helping stop periodontal disease from forming, dental implants also help prevent teeth from shifting and causing additional problems.

What Are The Different Types of Dental Implants?

There are two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. The most common, an endosteal implant, takes its name from the thin layer of connective tissue lining the bone’s medullary, or “marrow” cavity.  The second, the sub-periosteal, takes its name comes from the periosteum, the thin membrane that covers the surface of the bone.

Endosteal (in the bone) implants are screws, blades, or cylinders that Dr. Davidson will surgically place into the jawbone. These types of implants are most often used to support bridges or removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone) implants are placed on top of the jaw with posts that protrude through the gum to hold a dental prosthesis in place. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Are You A Dental Implant Candidate?

Ideally, a dental implant candidate is in very good physical and oral health and is free of periodontal disease. Also, a good candidate will have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. If you should need a dental implant, Dr. Davidson will likely refer you to an endodontist, oral Surgeon, or periodontist, a professional who specializes in gum tissue and bone in the mouth, to make sure that you have the best care team in place.


If you have any questions about dental implants or want a complimentary second opinion, give Davidson Dental Group a call at (510) 352-9212 or send us a quick email.

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