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Types of Dental Implants
Pembroke Pines, FL


Photo of a group of smiling older women with dental implants from Everglades Family Dental in Pembroke Pines, FLDental implants refer to artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or dental bridges. Tooth implants are commonly made of titanium or ceramic. They provide a viable option for patients who have suffered tooth loss due to accidents or natural causes. At Everglades Family Dental, we recommend undertaking a proper dental examination before settling on the appropriate dental implant.

There are four main types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, zygomatic, and All-on-4 implants. These are classified based on the number of teeth to be replaced, the position of the implant, and the surgical procedure undertaken. The technicality of the process is determined by how many teeth need to be implanted. In the case of a single-tooth implant, the process is much easier and faster. However, each case of dental implant is unique and should be dealt with differently. Below are all the types of dental implants:

Endosteal Implants


Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. This is because they are effective for single- and multiple-tooth implants. In this type of dental implant, a dental root made out of titanium is directly implanted into the jawbone. The implant is a small screw-shaped cylinder that is well attached to the jawbone, giving it stability. Artificial teeth can then be attached to the implant after it stabilizes.

Subperiosteal Implants


Subperiosteal implants are not anchored on the bone, as is the case with endosteal implants above. With subperiosteal implants, a metal framework extending through the gums is used to support prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is used in situations where the patient lacks a sufficient healthy jawbone to support an artificial tooth. This procedure is ideal for multiple tooth implants. It is used on individuals who have suffered severe injuries from accidents. However, the practice of subperiosteal implants has been on the decline, and while it is still available for those who prefer it, your dentist is likely to recommend something different.

Zygomatic Implants


Zygomatic implants are an alternative to subperiosteal implants. This is because they are neither implanted on the jaw bone nor above it. The zygomatic implants are anchored in the dense cheekbone, also known as the zygomatic bone. This type of procedure is helpful for individuals who have suffered significant damage to their jawbone, such that it cannot hold an implant. Zygomatic implants are much more complex than the other two options.

All-on-4 Implants


Some patients may require full mouth reconstruction due to injuries that affect all upper or lower teeth. It is in such cases where All-on-4 implants are used. In this type of dental implant, a full arch of teeth, either the upper or lower, sits on four dental implants. All-on-4 implants can be placed at once in a single surgery. Even so, some dentists may recommend more than one visit, depending on the uniqueness of the problem. These implants only apply to patients who require multiple tooth implants and are not for single tooth problems.

Other Types of Implants


Technically, the above are the main types of implants as known in dentistry terms. Even so, they are not the only dental procedures that require surgical implantations. Many other dental procedures carry a semblance of implants. Below are the other types of implants that can be performed by dentists.

Mini Implants


Mini implants are similar to endosteal implants except that they are smaller in diameter. They are used in situations where there is limited space or jawbone for a regular implant. Mini implants are quick to place, so the procedures can be done on the same day after the examination. In some cases, mini implants may be applied to stabilize dentures for some patients.

Immediate Load Implants


The term immediate load simply means same-day implants. Traditionally, implants had to be placed and allowed to heal for at least 7 months before the artificial teeth were attached. However, same-day implants allow for the placement of a temporary tooth or dental bridge on the same day of the implant. This type of implant is ideal for patients who need quick restoration. However, same-day implants may not apply to all types of patients.

Implant-Supported Dentures


These are not technically implants themselves but rather dentures that are supported by implants. Instead of resting on the gums or relying on adhesives, implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants for increased stability and functionality.

Ceramic vs. Titanium Implants


One of the major decisions a patient has to make is choosing between ceramic and titanium implants. There are two main types of implants based on material. In most cases, patients are only accorded the choice of titanium implants. However, ceramic implants offer an alternative. Ceramic implants are an option for patients with metal sensitivities or for those who prefer a more natural-looking option. These implants are made of biocompatible ceramic materials that blend with the natural teeth more seamlessly.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants



Which Type of Dental Implant is the Best?


An endosteal dental implant is the most common and one of the oldest dental implant surgeries. However, it is not necessarily the best. Each of the above dental implant procedures is applied depending on the type of reconstruction needed for the patient.

What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?


An All-on-4 dental implant is a procedure where a full arch of upper or lower teeth is replaced by just four implants. This type of implant is needed where the patient has suffered severe tooth loss or may need full reconstruction.

How Long do Dental Implants Last?


With proper care, dental implants should last for a lifetime. Even so, each type of implant is unique, and your dentist should provide guidance.

Can a Dental Implant Be Done in One Day?


Same-day load dental implants have become very common these days. Most dentists can use advanced technology to implant and load the implant on the same day. Even so, you should let your dentist know that you prefer a same-day load in advance.

Dental implants offer a lifeline for the smiles of many. They provide a solution for those who have permanently lost their teeth or even suffered jawbone fractures. Implants are not a painful procedure and can be used to enhance overall oral health. If you are considering getting an implant, Everglades Family Dental is ready to guide you. Give us a call at (754) 764-0465 to book a consultation.


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