Blade implants belong to the category of “Endosseus implants”, or those that are surgically placed within the jaw bone.
Blade implants belong to the category of “Endosseus implants”, or those that are surgically placed within the jaw bone. Blade implants are positioned in the jaw in such a way that the blade implant’s prongs (or prong) are protruding into the mouth – to firmly support bridges or crowns that will eventually be attached to the implants.
Blade implants are generally positioned in the back of the mouth, where a patient has experienced tooth loss. As blade implants are exceptionally strong, they are ideal for placement in areas where significant biting forces are generated by the teeth – at the back of the mouth.
Blade implants can be manufactured to different designs and when they are modified or created for a specific patient they are called custom blades.
Steps Involved in the Placement of Blade Implants
1. The dental surgeon or dentist makes an incision in the gums, usually at the back of the patient’s mouth, to access the jaw bone underneath.
2. The dentist will drill small holes into the jaw bone; these holes will then slowly be joined together to form a thin socket site which the blade implant will be placed into.
3. The blade implant will carefully be positioned into the space created by joining the drilled holes, and then secured firmly into place.
4. The gum is stitched closed, leaving the prongs of the blade implants protruding above the gum line.
5. A healing period lasting three to six months will be needed to ensure that the blade implants are fully integrated into the surrounding tissue.
6. After the healing period has passed, a crown or bridge (consisting of a few crowns) will be designed, and will be attached to the protruding blade implant head (or prong).