Types of Dental Implants

If you have a cracked, damaged or missing tooth, you should consider getting a dental implant. Dental implants are permanent solutions for damaged or missing teeth, as they fuse with the jawbone and offer all the functionalities of a regular tooth.

These prosthetics are usually made of titanium or titanium alloy and can have different coatings to increase their stability and bone integration.

Different types of dental implants

1. Endosteal dental implants

Endosteal implants, which means "in the bone," are the most commonly used types of dental implants in the dental industry. They are usually shaped like small cylinders, blades or screws and are made of titanium, metal, ceramic or a metal covered with ceramic. These devices are placed into the patient's jawbone and are often used in place of a denture or a bridge. These type of implants are generally used for patients who do not have any prohibitive conditions or special circumstances. In other words, they are ideal for patients who are healthy overall and do not have any oral health issues

2. Subperiosteal dental implants

Subperiosteal implants, which means "on the bone," consist of a metal framework and are used to cover a large surface area. They are fitted or placed over the jawbone as opposed to inserted into it. They are secured by the gum tissues and a periosteal membrane that acts like a sticky film, which holds the implants in place. The framework used for subperiosteal dental implants is usually composed of chrome, cobalt and molybdenum. These type of dental implants are often used for patients who have a shallow jawbone that cannot support endosteal dental implants, those who do not have sufficient healthy natural jawbone tissue and those who do not want to undergo bone augmentation procedure.

3. Screw-retained bar dental implants

This type of dental implant sits under the periosteal membrane and is stabilized using bone screws, which secures parts of the structure to the jawbone. It is normally used for those with severely shrunken lower jaws, where grafting is not ideal.

4. Zygomatic dental implants

These are rather long dental implants that are used for specific locations. The procedure involved is complicated, whereby the implants are placed in the back of the upper jaw, thus taking advantage of the healthy bone area available in shrunken upper jaws. They are usually used when one wants to achieve a full upper non-removable implant-supported set of teeth and does not want to undergo sinus grafting.

If you have any concerns or questions about dental implants or want to determine which type of dental implant is ideal for you, schedule a consultation with us today by contacting our team. We are always here and ready to help you with all your dental needs. Our friendly staff will give you the very best dental care.

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