IMPLANTS THAT JUST TOUCH THE SURFACE
Because of bone “resorption” (shrinkage), not all patients have enough bone in their jaws to accept a tooth implant. Normally, an implant is embedded in the jaw, where it will integrate with the surrounding bone, and eventually hold the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) in place. If there is not enough bone underlying the gums to receive the implant, bone may be grafted to the implant site. If grafting is not a feasible option, a “subperiosteal” implant may be used. This type of implant is a metal framework placed beneath the gums where it sits atop the bone, somewhat like a saddle. A subperiosteal implant must be custom-made to fit the contours of an individual’s jaw.
We will be glad to discuss implants and other available options of keeping your smile a beautiful, happy one. We believe in an informed patient, and we promise to provide you with information regarding all aspects of your dental care. You can always count on our experienced, honest recommendation for the treatment best suited to your dental needs. Our goals are the same as yours: a healthy mouth and a brilliant smile.
P.S. Small screws may be used to hold a subperiosteal implant in place.