You may be wondering, “What are endosteal implants?” Endosteal implants are titanium or ceramic dental implants that the oral surgeon installs inside your jawbone. The opposite of standard endosteal implants is subperiosteal dental implants, which our dentist recommends only when patients don’t have enough healthy jawbone to support the insertion of an endosteal implant. That’s why subperiosteal implants only rest on the surface of the jaw and are a sub-optimal solution in comparison with endosteal implants.

At Nashville Dental Implant Center, we offer cylinder and blade endosteal implants. A cylinder endosteal implant has one abutment to which the surgeon can attach the crown while a blade endosteal implant could have multiple abutments. These implants replace teeth that you have already lost or that the dentist has needed to remove because of excessive tooth decay.

Are Endosteal Implants Right for You?

Endosteal implants are right for you if you are in good health and satisfy the conditions to be a good candidate for the transplant. You should not be suffering from periodontal disease or any other gum conditions that poor oral care causes. If you’re unable to wear dentures, endosteal implants are a reliable option. Your jawbone should be of a sufficient density to handle the implantation. It’s preferable that candidates for endosteal implants not smoke or chew tobacco products. If for any reason, you’re unable to get endosteal implants, you may consider other options. Bone augmentation can be a preliminary procedure before endosteal implantation for patients whose only barrier to the implantation is a lack of jawbone density. Similar procedures are sinus augmentation and ridge expansion.

What Is the Implant Procedure?

The endosteal implant procedure consists of five phases: the initial consultation, the installation of the endosteal implant, osseointegration, attachment of the abutment and placing the new tooth or teeth. One of our specialists will perform a complete oral exam and schedule a treatment plan if you are a good candidate for an endosteal implant. The oral surgeon will insert the implant into your jawbone. During the osseointegration process, which lasts from four to six weeks, you can eat and drink the way you normally would. The dentist won’t attach the abutment until the healing process is complete. Then, he’ll attach either a denture, a bridge or a crown to the abutment to finish the cosmetic element of the procedure.

What Are Endosteal Implants’ Benefits?

The right dental implant center for your endosteal implant blends compassion with professionalism and expertise. Nashville Implant Center uses only metal-free, ceramic dental implants that are biologically compatible with your bone and safer for people with allergies to certain metals. We care about our patients’ comfort, so we offer oral or IV sedation or general anesthesia when appropriate for operations. Dentures actually accelerate the process of bone loss. We advise our patients to get endosteal dental implants because implants look more natural and promote jawbone health and strength. Our facility offers full-mouth restoration and rehabilitation procedures to bring back your smile and confidence.

How Do You Take Care of Your Dental Implants?

Treat your dental implants as well as you would treat your natural teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss on a regular basis. Rinse your mouth with an FDA-approved mouthwash to kill bacteria and prevent gum diseases like gingivitis. For a more thorough cleaning, schedule an appointment with your dentist to remove calculus and check on the status of your teeth. If your implants feel uncomfortable at any time, return to your oral surgeon for consultation and imaging to ensure that the implants are secure. Most dental implants last for years without the need for additional surgery.

For more information about endosteal implants or to schedule a consultation, call Nashville Dental Implant Center at 615.436.5987.