Dental Implant Types - What's The Difference?

July 13th, 2022

Types of dental implants and their unique features

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Dental implants

Deciding to have a dental implant is a big decision. Depending upon the severity of the work that needs to be carried out, minor surgery might even be required, so it’s understandable that people have many questions before fully committing to a course of treatment to give them the smile they’ve always wanted.

We’ll try to answer most of those questions here and hopefully put your mind at ease once you realise how routine these procedures are.

Let’s start with an easy one.

Are all dental implants permanent?

No. Some implants, such as partial dentures are completely removable. Others, such as our Same Day implants, supported bridges and implant-retained dentures are a permanent solution.

What are the different types of dental implants?

There are many different types of dental implants, but to keep things simple, let’s put them into five categories:

  • Single-stage dental implants – This implant requires one stage of minor surgery. A metal post is implanted into the jaw and the end is left exposed, allowing the gum to form around it. The prosthetic tooth is then attached at a later date once the surrounding area has healed.
  • Two-stage dental implants – As the name suggests, this type of implant is done in two stages and requires two minor surgeries. The first part of the implant is installed into the jawbone and is then given a few months to fuse with the bone to form a rigid bond. A second surgery is then performed, which involves cutting the gum to expose the implant and attaching a device known as an abutment. The replacement crown can then be fixed in place.
  • Endosteal implants – Metal implants that are placed into the jawbone and act as an artificial root to anchor a replacement tooth in place. These are the most commonly used type of dental implant.
  • Subperiosteal Dental Implants – A metal framework with protruding posts is placed directly into the bone and under the gumline. The prosthetic teeth are then attached directly to these posts, eliminating the need for further surgery.
  • Zygomatic implants – These implants are rarely used. They are considerably longer than normal implants and actually go into the cheekbones. Because of the extended amount of work involved with this procedure, it is the most expensive method by quite a wide margin.

What are the best types of implants?

There isn’t one magic dental implant solution to fix everything, and this is because everybody’s oral health situation is different. At the risk of giving a very generic answer, the best dental implant is the one that solves your particular issue.

However, in terms of the most popular choice of materials that are used for the implants themselves, then titanium is the clear winner. This is because of its biocompatibility. This just means that it grafts well to the jawbone to form a solid buttress for the artificial tooth or teeth.

What are the different types of dental implants materials?

Again, there isn’t one solution here. Titanium tends to be used for the implant, but the prosthetic teeth (or crowns, as they are more commonly known) can be made from metal, plastic, ceramic, or even porcelain.

Are dental implants painful?

As we’ve already seen, some dental implants require minor surgery, which, admittedly, sounds scary. However, post-implant-surgery pain can usually be managed with just over-the-counter painkillers and the discomfort should only last a few days. When it comes to wearing the implants themselves, they are not painful at all.

How much is a tooth implant?

This is a difficult one to answer because, as we’ve already established, everybody’s oral hygiene situation is unique to them. The best thing to do is to book a consultation with one of our resident experts and they can perform a full oral analysis and then recommend the different options available to you.

How long do dental implants last?

This all depends on the dental implant type that you have. Something like a dental splint only lasts for around 2-years before it needs replacing. When it comes to veneers and prosthetic teeth, removable options such as dentures, or permanent options such as implant-retained crowns, can literally last decades – even a lifetime.

Tooth implant side-effects

Time to address the elephant in the room. Sometimes, dental surgery isn’t all plain sailing. As with any kind of procedure, unforeseen complications can arise. When it comes to dental implants, these side effects can include prolonged bleeding, damage to the nerves and other teeth, fractures to your jaw and infection. It goes without saying that these will be avoided at all costs and the final result far outweighs the risks involved as the procedures are completely routine.

Yorkshire Dental Suite – for all your dental implant needs

We understand that the idea of dental implants is a scary thought for some people, so we want to put you completely at ease before having any kind of procedure with us. If you have any questions, reservations, or concerns about anything to do with dental implants, then please get in touch to let us know what we can do to help.

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