Types Of Dental Implants And Why They May Be Prescribed

If you are considering dental implants, you may not know that different types of dental implants may be suggested based on your individual needs. Here are a few types of dental implants and the reasons that they may be prescribed:

Standard Dental Implants

A standard dental implant is a titanium rod or screw that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. The implant heals into place over the course of a few months. During that period, the bone of the jaw and the standard implant connect or become integrated.

After the healing process is finished, the implant can be covered by an abutment and dental crown to complete a single-tooth restoration. Additionally, it can be used to stabilize or secure other dental appliances, such as bridges or dentures.

The standard dental implant is most suitable for people who have a significant amount of jawbone material remaining and who are otherwise healthy. 

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than standard-sized dental implants and are embedded into the cheekbone, instead of into the bone of the jaw. Zygomatic implants are placed during a single dental visit, as standard dental implants are. Integration occurs within the cheekbone during healing. 

The zygomatic implant can be used to replace a single tooth or to secure other teeth-replacement devices, but it is only suitable for restorations of the upper palate. 

These implants are generally prescribed for people who have had a failed standard implant, have insufficient jawbone remaining for a standard dental implant, or would need a sinus lift if a standard implant restoration was performed.

Mini Implants

Mini implants are much smaller than zygomatic and standard implants. They are installed in the jawbone at the tooth extraction site and stabilized inside the bone like their counterparts.

Although mini implants are not as large, they still provide suitable stabilizing force for dentures and bridges, as well as for single tooth replacements. 

Mini implants can often be used even when the jawbone has atrophied. 

Regardless of the type of implant prescribed, your dentist will likely want your gums to be in good health before the implantation procedure. In addition, it is important to have well-controlled blood sugar. Also, if you smoke, you may be asked to quit in order to increase your chances of having the implant wound heal properly and quickly.

To learn more about dental implant options that may work for you, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area.