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Discover the three main types of dental implants and then dive deep into the several dental implant treatment options that are targeted to different kinds of tooth loss.

Different Kinds of Dental Implants

Have you just been told you need dental implants? Or are you tired of your dentures and researching something more secure? 

Well, hopefully, our guide to dental implant types and treatments can help make your choice a little easier.

Dental implants are the superior choice to replace missing teeth. Whether you need just the one, or a full mouth, there’s a dental implant type and treatment option that suits all kinds of tooth loss.

Explore your options, or speak to a dentist today to book a consultation and identify which treatment or dental implant type will be best for your condition.

1. Endosteal Implants

High success rate of 95%

What are they?

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Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant, which means they’re suited for mostly all kinds of patient. However, just like other dental implant types, they require a good healthy amount of bone in the jaw to successfully bond to. 

Endosteal implants feature posts that are shaped like screws and are implanted into the jaw and connected to an abutment to hold the false tooth.

They require a healing time of around 3 months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone successfully. After this time, your final restoration can be loaded.

Benefits
  • Less prone to failure
  • Have a longer lifespan
  • Due to it being the most common implant type, there are more dentists with experience in their placement
  • Maintenance is easier
  • Endosteal implants are stronger
  • No need for adjacent teeth to install grafts
  • Anchored in place by bone
  • Supports and increases bone density

2. Subperiosteal

10 year survival rate of 79%

What are they?

Subperiosteal implants are one of the main alternatives to endosteal implants, and instead of being fixed into the jawbone, instead rest on top of the bone, but still under the gum. 

With this type of dental implant, a metal frame is positioned under the gum with a post attached to it, where the gum heals around the frame keeping it firmly in place. False teeth are then attached to the poles that comes through the gum.

The surgery for subperiosteal implants is more invasive than other types of dental implants, with a higher infection risk.

Benefits
  • Mostly used for patients who do not have enough bone in the jaw for an implant to be placed, and offers an alternative to patients who do not want to undergone oral surgery to graft bone in the area.
  • Available to be immediately loaded.
  • Supports full arch rehabilitation.

3. Cheekbone Implants

97.9% success rate

What are they?

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Zygomatic implants anchor a fixed bridge of teeth and are the least common type, since they’re implanted into the cheekbone and this is reflected in the price. 

Longer than traditional dental implants, they provide additional support for patients experiencing severe bone loss and offer a less invasive alternative to bone augmentation surgeries.

It’s a complicated procedure that needs to involve an experienced dentist, that involves implants being placed into the cheekbone rather than a jawbone due to a lack of bone density in the jaw. 

Benefits
  • Less invasive than alternatives
  • Stronger and provide mor solid support
  • High eligibility rates
  • Fewer dental visits
  • Immediate loading the same day of surgery

4. Immediately-loaded

94.31% success rate

What are they?

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Deserving a category of its own, immediately-loaded implants offer patients the chance to walk away with a full mouth of teeth the same day as their implantation surgery. 

Immediately-loaded implants allow patients to walk away the same day as their surgery with temporary teeth, which is perfect for patients who do not have enough bone and require an implant secure enough to support the placement and pressure of temporary teeth.

Immediate-loaded teeth include:

  • All on 4 (full arch)
  • Mini dental implants
  • Zygomatic implants (full arch)
Benefits
  • Averts potential bone loss in the jaw
  • Reduced treatment duration
  • Enhanced comfort and aesthetics
  • Preservation of bone stability
  • Fewer surgical interventions
  • Reduced soft and hard tissue loss
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Single implants

FOR INDIVIDUAL TOOTH LOSS

Description

Single implants are used to replace individual gaps in your smile. They are not immediate and will take a few months.

Specification
  • 3 month healing period
  • Implanted into the jawbone
  • 95% success rate
  • Preserves bone
  • Increase bone density
  • Requires sufficient bone in one area
  • Perfect for individual tooth loss, with no adjacent teeth
  • Lasts up to 30 years
Cost

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Implant Bridges

For missing adjacent teeth

Description

Recommended to restore multiple missing or failing teeth in a row. A better alternative to regular bridgework.

Specification
  • 3 month healing period
  • Implanted into the jawbone
  • 95% success rate
  • Preserves bone
  • Increase bone density
  • Requires sufficient bone
  • Perfect for multiple tooth loss, where two or three teeth are missing in a row
  • Uses one to two implants to replace two or four missing teeth
  • Lasts up to 30 years
  • Requires an abundance of strong and healthy bone
Cost

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Implant Dentures

For a row of missing teeth

Description

Referred to as clip-in dentures, the replacement teeth carry acrylic dentures attached to dental implants embedded in the jaw.

Specification
  • Treatment time usually a few months (4-7)
  • Implanted into the jawbone
  • 95% success rate
  • Preserves bone
  • Requires bone in particular areas
  • Uses three implants to replace a row of missing teeth
  • Removable (not fixed)
Cost

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Mini Implants

to secure dentures

Description
They can be used for individual implant placement, but are more widely used to secure a set of dentures, preventing them from moving around or falling out.
Specification
  • Best for denture wearers, or you have more than one missing tooth
  • Faster treatment and less invasive surgery
  • Expect 6–9-year survival success
  • Placed under local anaesthetic
  • Used to retain dentures
Cost

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All on 4/All on 6

For full arch replacement

Description

Full mouth dental implants that can be immediately loaded on the same day surgery – a cheaper alternative to multiple implant placement.

Specification
  • Uses four or six dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth
  • Fixed zirconia bridge that can support up to 14 teeth
  • Least degree of movement
  • Improved eating
  • Lasts up to 30 years
  • Immediately-loaded
  • Success rate over 97%
  • Does not require an abundance of bone (graftless)
Cost

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Zygomatic Implants

For full arch replacement

Description

Rather than embedded into the jawbone, these implants are longer and attach to the cheekbone to help patients avoid the need for additional grafting procedures.

Specification
  • Immediately loaded
  • Doesn’t require bone / designed for patients with a lack of bone
  • Implanted into the cheekbone
  • 12 year survival rate
Cost

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Compare dental implant types

Still not sure which dental implant type you need? Explore the below tables for an overview of each system and how they compare.

For one or multiple missing teeth

For full arch replacement

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