The more you read about dental implants, the more you are convinced that they are the right restorative option for you. After all, they are natural-looking, comfortable, and long-lasting. But, while doing more research, you found out that there is more than just one type of dental implant.
What's the difference between them and how can you find the right one for you?
Read this short article from Heartwell Dental to learn more.
The Types of Dental Implants
In most cases, the dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone and after it fuses with the surrounding tissue, the dentist will place the abutment and dental crown. But, the implant type and actual procedure can differ based on your oral health.
So, dental implants can also be categorized as follows:
- Endosteal Implants: As we explained above, these are the most common type of dental implants. They are placed directly into the jawbone, acting as the root of your artificial tooth. The implant usually looks like a small screw and is made of titanium. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, the dentist will connect a post to the original implant and then attach a dental crown to the post.
- Subperiosteal Implants: These implants are usually recommended if you do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and don't want to or are not able to get a bone graft. This type of implant is placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone.
- Zygomatic Implants: If you are dealing with more severe bone loss and bone graft surgery isn't an option then you can get a zygomatic implant. The implant will be placed in the cheekbone (zygoma) instead of the jawbone.
- Mini or Narrow Diameter Implants (MDIs): Also called small or narrow body implants, these are toothpick-sized implants that are narrower than most commonly used implants. They are often used in tighter spaces and for patients who have less available bone.
What If You Have More Than One Missing Teeth?
Getting single implants if you have multiple missing teeth is invasive and very costly. So, Dr. Abraam Girgis may recommend implant-supported prosthetics. Here's what you need to know about these types of implants:
- Single Tooth Implants: Used to replace one missing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Used when more than one tooth is missing.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Can be either fixed or removable, and are used when all teeth are missing.
How To Choose the Right Implant Type for You?
The best way to determine which implant type best suits your needs is to visit Heartwell Dental for a thorough consultation. Dr. Abraam Girgis will help you find the best restorative treatment and provide gentle and superior oral care.
All you have to do is get in touch with us to book your appointment. You can contact us online or call us at (562) 421-9411.