Types of Dental Implants

If you’ve been to the dentist recently, and (s)he has advised that you need a dental implant, then you were surely overwhelmed. With so many options, which one should you choose? what are the best dental implants? We’ve looked at the different types of dental implants.

There are three main types of dental implants: Endosteal, Subperiosteal, and Zygomatic implants and many other tooth replacement options. The Endosteal is the most common type of implant with Zygomatic being the rarest. Let’s have an in-depth look at each one of them.

Endosteal Implant

This is the most common and safest type of dental implant, not to mention that it suits most patients. To undergo the implant, however, you’ll need to have a good and healthy jawbone. The process involves putting placeholder posts in the shape of screws inside the jaw. The posts are used to hold the new false teeth.

You will need time to heal before the false teeth are inserted into place. If you aren’t so much into the idea of having things inserted into your jawbone, consider the next type of implant.

Subperiosteal Implant

This implant serves as an alternative to the Endosteal implant. In this case, you don’t have implants being fixed inside the jawbone. Instead, they are rested on top of the bone but under the gum. Dentists use a metal frame under the gum to attach to the false teeth.

The subperiosteal implant is used for two categories of patients: those with a weak jawbone or those who simply don’t like the Endosteal implant.

Zygomatic implant

Lastly, we have the least common and most complex of all implants- the Zygomatic implant. This implant is placed on the cheekbone of the patient instead of the jawbone. The procedure is done for those with a weak jawbone for undertaking the Endosteal implant.

Other than these three, there are other techniques that are used. These include bone augmentation, sinus lift, ridge expansion, and 3D Imaging. Your dentist will advise on the best implant for you.