If you are thinking about getting dental implants, it is essential to know about the different types available and which one would be the best fit for your particular needs.
There are three main types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic. Among these, endosteal implants are the most commonly used and are considered a safe choice. In recent years, the ‘All on 4’ method has also become popular for individuals who require all of their teeth to be replaced.
In this article, DentArana will go over each type of implant, including the treatment and recovery process, who they are most suitable for, the typical costs involved, and things to consider for different types of dental implants.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. They consist of small titanium screws surgically placed into the jawbone.
After having the implant placed, you will need to wait for a few months while the implant fuses with the bone. Once it has healed, an abutment and crown are attached. Although the healing process may take several months, you can usually return to your normal activities within a few days.
Endosteal implants are a great option for patients who have good overall oral health and adequate bone structure but are missing a few teeth. They provide a natural appearance and have a high success rate, but may require a longer treatment duration.
Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but above the jawbone, making them less invasive than endosteal implants. A metal framework is fitted under the gumline, and as the gums heal, it holds the prosthetic tooth or teeth in place.
Healing is generally faster than endosteal implants due to the less invasive nature of this treatment. However, subperiosteal implants are typically more expensive than endosteal implants.
They are suitable for patients with limited bone height but not suitable for those with severe gum disease. While they offer less stability compared to endosteal implants, they are less invasive.
Zygomatic implants become necessary when the jawbone lacks the adequate support for traditional implants, requiring anchoring in the cheekbone (zygomatic bone).
The procedure employs a specialised surgical technique to implant into the zygomatic bone, resulting in a relatively extended healing period due to its intricate nature.
These implants are particularly suitable for patients experiencing significant bone loss in the upper jaw, often attributed to prolonged denture use. While zygomatic implants provide a viable alternative in situations where traditional implants are impractical, they entail a highly specialised procedure, an extended healing duration, and higher associated costs.
‘All on 4’ or ‘All on X’ Implants
‘All on 4’ implants involve placing four dental implants in the jawbone to support a full arch of teeth. This is also sometimes done with more than four implants. This procedure is for people who need all of the teeth in an arch replaced.
While the upfront cost may be higher, the efficiency of the procedure can offset long-term costs. ‘All on 4’ implants are suited to patients with multiple missing teeth or those seeking a full-mouth restoration.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are the most realistic dental implants?
All types of dental implants provide a highly realistic and natural appearance when performed correctly by a dental professional. However, ceramic or porcelain crowns are often chosen for their lifelike aesthetics.
How many teeth can you have on one implant?
One dental implant can replace a missing tooth, but implant-supported bridges and full arch restorations can replace multiple teeth with fewer implants.
What is the difference between dental implants and bridges?
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots, while bridges rely on adjacent teeth for support. Implants are considered more stable and do not impact adjacent teeth. Additionally, dental implants can prevent bone loss, which can occur beneath bridges.
What is the difference between implants and dentures?
Implants are permanently anchored in the jawbone and provide superior stability compared to removable dentures. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that sit on top of the gums.
Can you get IV sedation for dental implants?
Yes, IV sedation is a common option for dental implant procedures. It ensures you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. Your dentist at DentArana will discuss sedation options based on your needs and preferences.
At DentArana, we understand that the cost of dental implants can be a concern for many people. To help you manage the cost of your treatment, we offer a range of finance options. SmileFund is one such option that allows you to pay off your treatment costs over time. This way, you can receive the treatment you need without worrying about the upfront costs.
Choosing the right type of dental implant is a decision that should be made in consultation with your dental professional. Speak with your dentist to determine the best option for your unique situation, so you can enjoy a beautiful and functional smile for years to come.
Book an appointment now to discuss dental implants with your dentist.