Patients who benefit from a subperiosteal dental implant are individuals who have no teeth and suffer from disuse atrophy. Typically these are people who are unable to wear dentures and may have suffered root form implant loss in the past. In our office it is only recommended for the lower jaw. Immediately after surgery these people benefit from being able to chew with more force than they have in the immediate past.
Bone volume and geometry do influence whether this is the appropriate custom implant for that individual. It is also possible to use this implant to provide support in a quadrant of missing teeth on the lower arch.
The subperiosteal dental implant allows Dr. Casteen to solve complex problems without bone grafts and typically gets the patient functioning very quickly.