Plate form and blade dental implants
The plate form implant is an acceptable alternative to root form implants. Most patients have the root form version but there are exceptions to this, which includes plate form implants.
The plate form implant is much less used than the root form. Your implant dentist will recommend this version if for whatever reason, you are unsuited to a root form implant. The most common reason is that of a narrow jaw.
The plate form implant – also known as a ‘blade implant’ – is long and flat in shape which makes it ideally suited to patients with a narrow jaw.
What does a plate form implant look like?
This is a long, flat rectangular plate which is inserted underneath the gum and into the jawbone. It contains a couple of metal prongs on one side which act as an attachment for the replacement crowns or a denture.
Advantages of blade form implants
Are there any benefits to these as compared to the root form version? There are a few which are:
- Attach to your natural teeth
- Match the movement of your teeth
- Ideal for jawbones which are too narrow
As we have already mentioned: they are not as popular as the root form implant but nevertheless, they are an option.
Disadvantages of blade form implants
There are a few downsides with these implants which include:
- Expensive: cost more than bridges or dentures
- Can irritate the gums and mouth if food particles become stuck in that area.
- Not recommended for patients with poor health
Don’t dismiss this implant out of hand as it is an effective form of treatment but ask your dentist for advice.