Dental implant FAQs
Types of Dental Implant
There are a few different types of dental implants, each suited to certain situations. Here we’ll discuss each, explaining the different circumstances they are applicable to.
The most common form of dental implants are endosteal implants. These are place-holder posts, shaped like screws, fixed into the jaw that false teeth are then fitted on to. They have the appearance of screws and are made of titanium to reduce oxidation and create a less reactive environment with the mouth. Once the implants are placed the jawbone requires time to heal, fusing together to create a strong hold, similar to natural teeth roots. When this has healed artificial teeth are able to be placed onto the posts, fitting in with the surrounding teeth.
Endosteal implants are suited to most patients as an implant treatment option, and require a good level of healthy jawbone for the post to fuse to.
The main alternative to endosteal implants are subperiosteal implants. Rather than being fixed into the jawbone of a patient these implants sit on top of the bone, but still below the gum. Rather than a firm post entering the bone, a metal frame is fitted under the gum with a post attached to it. As the gum heals around the fixture the frame is secured and able to have false teeth applied to the posts that protrude from the gum.
These implant procedures are usually suited to people whose jawbone is not sufficient to hold an endosteal implant. These patients may have little bone available for the implant to be placed in or they may be unwilling/unable to undergo oral surgery to add bone to the area.
An alternative, although much less common, implant treatment to where a patient does not have enough jawbone for endosteal implants are zygomatic implants. These are a complicated procedure in which the cheekbone is used as an implant base rather than the upper jaw.
At DentalCarePlus we routinely offer the most common forms of dental implants, using high quality titanium for the posts and ceramic for the artificial teeth.