When you see your dentist about a possible dental implant, you may think there’s only one option. Believe it or not, there is a vast range of dental implants to suit various patients. Just like other dental procedures, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.
However, before you see your dentist, it’s helpful to understand what’s available to you. You can then be more aware of why a dentist made the choice they did, and what comes next. Read on to discover what main dental implants are available and which one might be right for you.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal dental implants are the most commonly used by dentists around the globe. They are made from titanium and are shaped like a screw. Your dentist inserts these into the jawbone below the gumline, then attaches a natural-looking tooth on top.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
You may not see the need for another type of implant, considering endosteal implants work so well. However, they won’t work for everyone. They sit under the gum like an endosteal implant but can be above or on the jawbone.