Dr. Chris Babcock, DMD., is a dental health professional who studied dentistry at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. As an oral and maxillofacial staff surgeon at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD., is responsible for placing dental implants for patients.
Implants are custom ordered, designed to fit into the bone beneath the gums, and made of a titanium alloy. They function like natural tooth roots and can be customized to match your specific needs. Implants can be used for any type of tooth loss, and there are varieties. Endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic implants are the three most prevalent forms of implants.
Endosteal is the most common and the safest; they are suitable for most patients. However, these implants must be fused to a healthy jawbone. They’re screw-shaped and serve as placeholders that set where the fake teeth will be inserted in the jaw. Subperiosteal implants are a common substitute for endosteal. These are not fastened to the jawbone but sit on the bone, just under the gums. Lastly, zygomatic implants, the most uncommon type accessible, are difficult and complex and are best saved for when there is insufficient jawbone for the endosteal implant. Rather than the jawbone, the implant is set in the patient’s cheekbone.