Types of Dental Implants

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If you have been told that you need dental implants, chances are you have some questions about the process. There are several types of options available and understanding which one is right for you can be helpful. Read on to learn what are popular types of dental implants to choose from.

Do You Need Dental Implants?

People get dental implants for a few reasons. Usually, it’s because you have lost a tooth due to decay or rotting. Sometimes accidents occur that result in a tooth falling out. In these circumstances, it’s important to keep your mouth healthy. A missing tooth can affect the structure and integrity of your mouth. In order to keep everything healthy, replacing a tooth is an important step. 

What Are The Benefits?

If you need to restore a missing tooth or several, the benefits of replacing them outweigh any of the concerns or worries you may have. The alternative could be an option like removable dentures. For some people, the hassle of removing dentures can be enough to search for a more permanent solution. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • Long-lasting and durable results
  • Improved facial cosmetic appearance
  • Bone loss prevention
  • Look and feel like natural teeth

Overall, these benefits are enough for many people to look into permanent tooth replacement options. 

Common Types

Endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic are three common types to choose from. The specific type you have depends on your specific individual needs. Here is some information about these three types of dental implants.


Endosteal implants are one of the most common and popular options. These go directly into the jawbone, which secures the artificial root. This type of implant lasts longer than others and usually provides the most security. However, you also need to have a healthy jawbone to support this kind of work. If you do not qualify for an endosteal implant, there are other options like subperiosteal.


Unlike endosteal, subperiosteal implants do not go directly into the jawbone. Instead, your dentist places this implant on top or slightly above the jawbone, usually through some of the gum tissue. Subperiosteal dental implants work well for people who cannot have endosteal implants.


For instances of severe bone loss in the jaw, zygomatic implants are an option. This type of implant inserts into the cheekbone rather than the jawbone. Zygomatic implants provide patients with a way to have the benefits of restored dental procedures even if they do not have sufficient bone health strength. 

What To Expect With Dental Implants

The process for dental implants depends on the type you require. However, the general steps are the same. Following the consultation and examination to find out which one is right for you, we remove the diseased tooth if necessary. Then we insert the implant and follow up with a dental crown or abutment. Sometimes this whole process can last several months, depending on the type of procedure and product you have.

Do you have missing or rotting teeth that need to be replaced? Request an appointment with Ascent Dental Care to find out how we can improve your smile and confidence with dental implants. We will discuss what types will work best for you and use state-of-the-art technology and experience to achieve the desired results.