Types of Dental Implants and Which Is Right for You

Many people choose dental implants over removable teeth replacement systems because they are durable and permanent. Titanium implants are surgically attached to your jawbone. Once your implants fuse with your jawbone and gums, they won’t move anymore. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, you can choose from various types of implants. If you want to understand the types of dental implants and select the right one, here’s what you should know.




This is the most common type of implant. It needs to fuse with your jawbone and surrounding gum tissue. Before endosteal implants are attached, any dental issue should be dealt with first. These implants need a healthy jawbone so that the titanium post can stabilize. Once the posts are strong enough, your dental surgeon will attach the crowns. These implants are durable, but they take some time to heal.




Only a few people have this type of implant. Zygomatic implants are not always available. If they are, the process of having them is complicated. Dental surgeons suggest this implant if you don’t have sufficient jawbone for an endosteal implant and you don’t want a bone graft. Since you lack the jawbone, your dental surgeon will attach your implant to your cheekbone.



If you do not prefer endosteal implants, this is an alternative that you can consider. Subperiosteal implants rest on top of your bone, but underneath your gum. Your dental surgeon will place a metal frame just under your gum. A post will be attached to the frame and the gum heals around the frame. This stabilizes the frame before your dental surgeon secures the crowns. You should have subperiosteal dental implants if you don’t have enough bone mass in your jawbone.


Alternative Dental Implants


Your dental surgeon may suggest alternative implant options based on your needs and the condition of your jawbone. Here are a few of them:

  • All-on-4® implants. This is a good alternative to a full arch type of dental implant. Your dental surgeon will attach four implants into the available stable jawbone. This eliminates bone grafting. Specialized abutments allow your dentist to attach temporary teeth replacements during your first visit. You should stick to a soft or liquid diet as your implants fuse and heal. Your permanent teeth replacements will be attached after about six months.

  • MIDIs (Mini dental implants).  Your dental expert attaches these implants through slightly invasive methods. MIDIs aim is to stabilize your lower denture.

  • Immediate load implants. They are also known as Teeth in a Day® or Same Day implants. Immediate load implants may be good for you if you have a strong implant and sufficient natural jawbone. These will be enough to support the pressure on your temporary tooth and its quick placement.

Dental implants are strong replacements for your missing teeth. You should prepare yourself for long periods of treatments, waiting, and healing to complete your implant procedure. At Robert A. Rees, DDS, we assess our patients carefully and present the types of dental implants we have available. Please visit our clinic in La Jolla, California, for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 858-454-6181 if you want to schedule an appointment or ask questions about our dental implant packages.





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