Dental implants are artificial tooth roots typically made of titanium, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gumline. They serve as a solid foundation for replacement teeth. Over time, the jawbone fuses with the implant through a process called osseointegration, creating a stable support for crowns, bridges, or dentures. This provides a durable and natural looking solution for missing teeth.
Types Of Dental Implants
- Endosteal Implants
- Most common type, placed directly into the jawline.
- Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates.
- Subperiosteal Implants
- Placed on or above the jawbone, but beneath the gum tissue.
- Suitable for patients with insufficient bone height.
- Zygomatic Implants
- Long implants that anchor to the cheekbone (zygoma) rather than the jawbone.
- Used when there is significant bone loss in the upper jaw.
- All-on-4 or All-on-6 Implants
- Involves placing a full set of teeth on four or six strategically positioned implants.
- Offers a fixed and efficient solution for complete tooth loss.
The choice of implant type depends on factors like bone condition, oral health, and individual patient needs.