What Are The Different Types of Dental Implants?
Whether you’ve lost your teeth or had to have them pulled, finding out that you need dental implants can feel very overwhelming. There are several different types of implants that you can get, and the office of Dr. Lattinelli is here to help you understand which is the best for you! There are three common types of dental implants to choose from, and we’re going to explain each to you.
First things first, we’re going to explain exactly what dental implants are. They are made from pure titanium and are very small in size. They are designed this way so that they can fit into the bone underneath your gums. They mimic regular natural tooth roots! You may just need one tooth replaced or have several teeth that have been lost or pulled, but implants are a great way to return your smile to its original beauty.
The first type of dental implant is the Endosteal implant. It is the most common and works best for those who still have a healthy jawbone. The implants are fused directly to the bone, so they can’t have any damage for endosteal implants to work. They resemble screws in shape, and false teeth are fitted directly onto them. Once the implants have been placed into the jawbone there needs to be adequate time for it to heal and fuse before the tooth can be placed onto the screw.
The next type of implant is Subperiosteal implants, which are the second most common. The main difference with these is they rest on top of your bone and under your gum, rather than being fixed directly into your jawbone. This is done with a metal frame that’s placed under your gum with an attached post. Once the gum heals around the frame it will be held in place and false teeth are then secured to the poles coming out of the gum. This is best for those without enough jawbone for an implant, or for those who want a less intense oral surgery.
Finally, we have the Zygomatic implant. This is the least common implant and is only used where there is not enough jawbone left for an Endosteal implant. Since there isn’t bone for it to be secured into, the implant is placed directly into the cheekbone, and the false teeth are placed on it once it heals. No matter what type of implant you may need, Dr. Lattinelli is here to help. Give us a call at 212-752-7188 with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 121 East 60th Street on the 10th Floor in New York City, New York.