Types of Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Teeth are crucial when it comes to chewing food. When you have missing teeth, it can affect your gums and make it painful and difficult for you to eat the foods you like. Missing teeth can also affect the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with missing teeth because there are ways to replace them.

Dental implants are artificial replacements used to fill gaps left by missing teeth. Dental implants are advancements in cosmetic dentistry that not only improve your appearance but also protect your oral health. Unlike dentures, dental implants offer a more permanent solution to missing teeth. With dental implants, you can once again have the smile you desire and eat without pain or discomfort.

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants are either endosteal or subperiosteal. Each of them is placed differently in the jaw. 

Endosteal dental implants are made of titanium and are implanted directly into the jawbone. These types of dental implants are more common and are recommended for patients with healthy jawbones and gums that can support the implants.

Subperiosteal implants are dental implants that require setting a metal framework below the gums to support the implants. Subperiosteal implants are recommended for patients with weaker jawbones that cannot support endosteal dental implants on their own. Subperiosteal implants require two procedures. The first procedure involves open the gums to set the metal framework. Once the patient heals from this procedure, the second procedure involving the placement of the dental implants is performed.

Dental Implant Materials

While different materials can be used to make dental implants, titanium implants are the most common. Titanium is biocompatible with your jawbone, which means your body is least likely to reject it, resulting in fewer reported reactions. Bone can naturally grow around it. Dentists find that titanium is the best possible material for dental implants. For patients who are uncomfortable with having metals implanted in their bodies, other options include ceramics and zirconia.

Coatings for Dental Implants

While most dental implants are made of titanium, the material used for the dental implant’s coating can vary greatly. The type of coating can greatly affect the stability of the implants and the appearance of it. Dental implant coatings may be acid-etched, grit-based, micro-groove, zirconia, plasma-sprayed titanium, or plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite. Talk to your dentist about which type of coating is best suited for you.

Dental Implants in Eugene, Oregon 

The team of dental professionals at 360 Dental has years of experience performing all types of dental procedures and treatments, including dental implants. As a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Ari Binder stays current on the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry. This means you will receive the best, state-of-the-art treatments available.

Our goal is to provide the best possible outcomes to our patients, and we make this possible by combining our skills, specialized training, years of experience, and compassionate care for each patient.

If you have any questions about our dental services or would like to make an appointment, please call us at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment now. We look forward to helping you get the smile you want!