Dental implants are posts surgically installed on your jaw to act as the roots of your synthetic teeth. For people with missing teeth, orthodontists use implants to replace them. Compared to other restorative methods, the main advantage of implants is that they are durable and offer a natural look. Here are the most common types of dental implants available in dental offices.
Endosteal implants are the most prevalent in the market and are best for candidates with healthy gum tissues and adequate jawbone mass and volume. They are engineered with titanium making them durable. An orthodontist places and secures them in your jawbone. A protrusion can be seen on the gums where replacement teeth, such as a crown, can be attached.
Subperiosteal is commonly used for candidates who don't have adequate jawbone mass and volume. The implants are attached above your jawbone or simply under your gums. A protrusion is left where the replacement teeth can be placed.
Zygomatic implants are engineered for patients who have severe bone loss. They are longer and tilted compared to conventional dental implants. An oral surgeon places them on your cheekbone. Dental experts use the zygoma since it is dense and offers excellent support to the implant. Patients with periodontitis can suffer severe bone loss, meaning they don't have a good bone volume to support the implants. In such a case the zygomatic implant is the best solution.
Single Tooth Implants and Multiple Tooth Implant
If just one of your teeth is missing, a dental expert will recommend the single tooth implant. It is a permanent fixture that is attached to the jawbone. An oral surgeon anchors the rod on your jaw to act as the root of your synthetic tooth. On the other hand, multiple tooth implants are effective if you have multiple missing teeth. They have support bridges and replace the roots and teeth of an individual.