Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that provide a secure foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The following is a list of different types of dental implants:
- Endosteal Implants: These are the most common type of implant. They are surgically placed in the jawbone and provide a solid foundation for replacement teeth. They can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
- Subperiosteal Implants: These are used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone to support endosteal implants. They are placed under the gum tissue, but on top of the jawbone.
- Mini Implants: These are smaller versions of endosteal implants and are commonly used to secure loose dentures or to replace a single missing tooth.
- Zygomatic Implants: These are used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone in the upper jaw. They are longer than standard implants and are anchored in the cheekbone.
- All-on-4 Implants: This is a type of implant that uses just four implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. This is a good option for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, and have limited jawbone to support traditional implant placement.
- Immediate Load Implants: These are placed in the jawbone and the replacement teeth are attached on the same day of the surgery. This means the patient doesn’t have to wait for the implant to heal before having the replacement teeth attached.
It’s important to note that the type of implant chosen will depend on the individual case, the amount and quality of existing jawbone, and the specific needs and expectations of the patient. Your dentist or oral surgeon will help you determine the best option for you.