If you are missing teeth, you may have heard that dental implants are an option to get your smile back. The implant is a relatively new and constantly developing science. Thus, you will find implants with different installation methods. This guide identifies three different dental implants that you can choose from.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal dental implants are available as prefabricated in the shape of blades with an integrated abutment to support the prostheses. Research shows crowns fabricated from precision-milled ceramic and metal are the most widely used. Professionals make the latter option from gold and silver.

Endosteal implants are the most popular kind. Dental experts place these implants within patients’ jawbones with sufficient residual bone. This dental implant classification depends on the shape of the surface that contacts your restoration. Some examples are blade and root form implants.

Subperiosteal Implants

If you need a dental implant but suffer from bone loss in your jaw, you may qualify for a subperiosteal implant. This dental implant option is ideal for patients with cases of severe resorption. Sit over the jawbone underneath the gum tissue. With this treatment, masticatory force falls over a large area of the bone surface rather than on the bone’s bulk. Suitable for people with minimum bone height where the mandibular canal is close to the crest of the ridge.

Sharpey’s Fibers (SF) and undercut features in implant design anchor the implant to the periosteum. There are different subperiosteal implants, including:

  • Unilateral
  • Interdental
  • Total
  • Circumferential

Zygomatic Implants

Premature tooth loss at a very young age or because of surgery necessary to remove tumors or other lesions in the upper jaw is among the causes of severe bone loss. This loss may disable or compromise the patient both functionally and aesthetically.

If because of severe bone loss, you’re told that implants aren’t an option or that you need years of bone grafting treatment to receive them, there is another alternative available; a zygomatic dental implant. It is an implant for the upper jaw that bypasses the need for bone grafting by anchoring it into the cheekbone or the zygoma.

Placed within the jawbone, endosteal implants are the most common kind. Subperiosteal implants are a good option for patients with severe resorption, with the implant placed on the jawbone under the gum. Zygomatic implants’ attachment is to the jawbone and is best for patients suffering from severe bone loss. Reach out to us for more information and for all your dental implant solutions.