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Are there different kinds of dental implants?

I think the question is regarding the "types" of dental implants that are commonly used.  The answer is a resounding yes, ther are several "kinds" of implants!  Depending upon the clinical circumstance, that is the patient's condition, we have a number of "kinds" of implants to use.  Sometime's, when there's not enough bone, for instance, a short/wide implant can be used.  Other times, when there's a narrow ridge, "mini" implants can be used.  Of course there are many sceanario's that specific implants have been designed for.  This area of modern Dentistry is wide open with a large array of options that can be applied to assure success.  Since each "implant case" is unique, ask your Dentist to evaluate you and help decide on the best treatment course.

There are two main types of dental implants, endosteal implants, or inside the bone, and subperiosteal, or on the bone.

  • Endosteal, or inside the bone implants, is the most common variety of implant. It is implanted directly in the bone where the titanium is lodged and bonds with bone. Each implant could hold one or more teeth, depending on the need of the patient.
  • Subperiosteal, or on the bone implants, are much less common than endosteal. They may be used with people who wear dentures and do not have enough bone for a complete implant to be supported. This kind of implant might have a metal support.

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