Commonly, the use of dental implants is to improve the appearance of one’s teeth. The type of implant used in a certain dental implant procedure is to be decided by the dentist, together, of course, with the patient. Some patients may find the idea quite astounding, while it may be distasteful to others. Nonetheless, if a patient is well informed, he will be more comfortable with the whole thing. So by knowing more about the types of implants, the entire procedure may not be stressful to those undergoing the procedure.
Root Form Dental Implant or Endosteal Implant
This is one of the most common types of dental implant used. This implant is applicable to individuals whose jawbone has enough width and depth that could support the implant. In case your jawbone does not have this requirement, bone grafting is suggested in order to proceed with the procedure. Endosteal implants are typically shaped as screws, plates, and cylinders. The implant procedure will be done twice. First is by inserting an implant into the gum and stitching it together after the procedure. After about three to six months from the first procedure, the gum will be cut open in order to expose the implant, where a brace will be attached to it. The new tooth will then be attached to the brace.
Subperiostal Dental Implant
This type of implant is done if your jawbone possesses the opposite qualities required for an endosteal procedure or if bone grafting is also not an option. This type of implant is made up of metal plate or frame. The procedure is done with the metal plate being inserted under the gum that is placed next to the jawbone. The materials of this metal implant are light weight and braced to make sure that the level of pressure is spread equally over the jawbone. After the period of healing, it is then the perfect time to attach the implants.
Plate Form Dental Implant
This type of dental implant is recommended for patients who have a narrow jawbone, which is considered as unsuitable for bone-grafting procedure. The material used for this type of implant is made up of a flat and long plate in order to have a secure and perfect fit against the narrow jawbone. The implant specialist will make a cut in the gum in order to shape the jawbone into one that would best hold the plate implant, and it would be fixed to the jawbone and the gums will be stitched back together. Just like the other types of implants, patients will wait for three to six months before the final implant is attached.
Mini Dental Implant
This is a less invasive procedure because a patient experiences less pain and the procedure does not take long. This type of implant does not cost much. Mini dental implant is done when the tooth that will be replaced is small or if you want to secure removable dentures. The procedure is done by making a cut in the gum in order to drill a small hole in the jawbone where implant is fixed. Right after the implant is fixed, abutment is attached to the implant, where the tooth or the denture could be attached right away.
Knowing the types of dental implants is very useful information, especially if you are planning to undergo dental implant procedure. You can check out the option that will serve you best.