Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are a permanent, long-lasting option that can help restore the appearance and function of your teeth.
There are three main types of dental implants: endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants, and zygomatic implants.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are typically made of titanium and are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implants have been placed and have had time to heal and integrate with the surrounding bone, the dentist will attach a small metal post to the implant. This post will protrude through the gum line and will be used to support a replacement tooth, such as a crown or bridge.
Subperiosteal implants are similar to endosteal implants, but they are placed under the gum tissue but on top of the jawbone. The metal framework of the implant will protrude through the gum line and will be used to support the replacement teeth. This type of implant is typically used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone to support endosteal implants.
Zygomatic implants are a type of implant that is used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone in the front of their mouth to support endosteal or subperiosteal implants. These implants are placed in the cheekbones, and the replacement teeth are attached to the implants. Zygomatic implants are typically used for patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth.
The best type of dental implant for you will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. Your dentist will evaluate your mouth, teeth, and overall oral health to determine which type of implant is most appropriate for you. They will also consider factors such as the amount of healthy jawbone you have and the number and location of the missing teeth.
It is important to talk to your dentist about all of your options and to ask any questions you may have before making a decision about which type of dental implant is best for you. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information and advice to help you make an informed decision.