Understanding the Different Types of Dental Implants

Woman ready for her dental implant

Oral care is essential not just for that perfect smile, but also to keep you from certain chronic diseases. There are diverse ways to take care of your oral health including regular checks and visits to the dentist. However, should your dentist find your teeth far beyond saving (pun intended) and needing replacement, there are various methods to keep the smile going. Among the common procedures performed by dentists are the dental implants which come in several types.

Mahoney Family Dentistry breaks down the different types of implants to guide patients in selecting which one is most appropriate to their case:

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal is the type of dental implant placed in the jaw. Shaped like small screws with plates or cylinders, they are by far the most common type of dental implants. This kind of implant, however, isn’t for everyone. According to an article citing cdt dental codes from the American Dental Association:

The ability to install an endosteal implant relies heavily on the health of the individual and the amount of healthy bone remaining in the jaw, and when both you and the bone in your jaw are healthy, an endosteal implant is preferred.
Single Prosthesis Or Crown

This kind of implant is placed in the bone socket to replace the root of the tooth, with the use of titanium to place the implant. It requires about three to six months healing properly. During this period, a temporary tooth can be placed over the implanted site to protect the implant as it heals. Usually, the replacement tooth or crown is crafted to perfectly match the one being replaced to make the procedure as seamless as possible. In the last phase, the implant is attached using a metal post.

Complete or partial prosthesis

It refers to the procedure that involves replacement of several teeth when they miss continuously in a row. Two supporting implants can replace three or four teeth. Complete or partial prosthesis have an advantage over traditional dentures. The implants are anchored on the jaw hence minimizing problems that patients had to struggle with when using dentures that just rest on the gums.

Subperiosteal implants

Dentists place these implants under the gum as opposed to on or above. This type is best in patients with shallow jawbones with no potential of undergoing the rebuilding process.

Understanding the implant process helps you know what to expect as a patient. You need to discuss this with your dentist first before making any move.