Types of Dental Implants

Dr. Kurt W. Kline offers several types of dental implants at his Plattsburgh, NY, office to meet every patient's unique needs and goals. Dental implants are titanium, titanium alloy, Vitallium or ceramic posts designed to replace lost tooth roots and support dental restorations such as individual crowns, bridges and full dentures. Dr. Kline recommends implants based on an in-depth analysis of your teeth and jaws using advanced technology, as well as a discussion of your goals. Contact his practice today to schedule your consultation.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal (Endosseous) dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone. We offer three varieties of endosteal implants:

  • Root Form Implants are the most commonly used. They are shaped like small screws with various widths and lengths, meant to directly replace the root of the missing tooth. When the root form implant solidly fuses with the bone a metal cylinder called an Abutment is attached to the implant which serves as a base for a crown, bridge or denture.

  • Plate Form Implants are thin metal plates inserted into the jawbone. They are sometimes called “blade implants.” Dr. Kline often recommends plate form endosteal implants for patients with naturally thinner jaws or less jawbone tissue in the treatment area.

  • Mini implants are smaller versions of root form implants. Dr. Kline recommends these implants to patients who seek fixed temporary teeth during ongoing traditional root form therapy. 

Endosteal implants are highly beneficial for patients in that they provide the same level of support as natural tooth roots. However, they do require more invasive surgery than subperiosteal implants, and they require sufficient jawbone tissue for support. Dr. Kline can perform bone regeneration procedures to restore lost tissue for patients who wish to receive endosteal implants.

Dr. Kline recommends implants based on an in-depth analysis of your teeth and jaws using advanced technology, as well as a discussion of your goals.

Subperiosteal Implants

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Dr. Kline can create and place custom subperiosteal implants for patients with compromised jawbone tissue. The jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink, after wearing traditional dentures for an extended period of time. Subperiosteal implants consist of surgical grade steel (Vitallium) metal frame that rest on top of the jawbone, but under the gum tissue. Small posts attached to these frames extend through the gums to hold restorations. Subperiosteal implants can provide removable dentures or fixed crown and bridge implant support. Some patients prefer subperiosteal implants because they provide an alternative to severely atrophied jawbone tissue in need of extensive bone regeneration procedures

Which Implant is Right for You?

Dr. Kline offers a full suite of dental implant types to address our patients’ distinctive needs and preferences. To determine which option may be right for you, Dr. Kline will examine your smile, perform diagnostic tests such as digital x-rays and cone beam scans, review your dental/medical records, and discuss your expectations. He will use this information to create a personalized treatment plan to fully restore the health and function of your smile.

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Explore Your Dental Implant Options

Dr. Kline and our team offer a wide array of dental implants to help you restore your smile and your quality of life. To learn more about Dr. Kline's offerings, or to find out which kind of implant may be best for your needs, contact his state-of-the-art practice today and schedule a consultation.

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