Implants are biocompatible, which is why they integrate into your body without any problems. They are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that corrodes at the same rate as the surrounding tissue. The implant has an outer layer of porous material to encourage bone growth. As this happens, the implant becomes one with your bone. This also prevents bacteria from forming on it and helps protect against inflammation around the implant site.
In this write-up, let’s see how different types of implants work.
1) Endosteal Implants
Endosteal implants have a unique porous design that attracts bone cells to grow into them, which results in a solid foundation for your new tooth. The implant is placed into the jawbone directly using minimally invasive surgery and acts as an anchor for your replacement tooth.
2) Subperiosteal Implants
In contrast to endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone surface. These implants do not require additional support because they use their projections called “abutments” to sit on top of the jawbone and securely attach to your replacement tooth.
3) Subperiosteal Dual Implants
These implants are similar to subperiosteal dental implants, but they have two abutment projections rather than one. This makes them great for replacing multiple missing teeth since you can attach two replacement teeth instead of placing another implant next to it.
4) Tapered End Implants
Tapered-end Dental Implants are placed into the jawbone with a special insertion device called an insertion gun. The taper ensures that your body absorbs the tiny piece of remaining implant material after surgery and does not reject this as a foreign object.
Hemi-implants allow you to replace a single missing tooth rather than having to replace an entire arch. These implants work by supporting a natural tooth directly above the implant site so that the surrounding teeth do not have to be altered or ground down.
6) Nano-Dental Implants
Nano-dental implants are a type of fiber optic dental implant that uses a “light pipe” to transfer light from one end of the implant to the other, which enables dentists to see inside your jawbone during surgery. This helps them place the implant precisely and reduces healing time because you can avoid unnecessary damage to healthy tissue during surgery.
Implants shall be used to replace missing teeth, but this will depend on the type of implant you decide to use. Consult with your dentist before surgery so they can determine which implant is best for you, depending on factors like bone density, jawbone thickness, etc.
7) Telescopic Dental Implants
Telescopic implants allow dentists to lengthen these implants for greater stability before permanently placing them, which means that your replacement tooth will not wobble on these implants when you bite down. For telecanthus patients, these implants can also be lengthened once they have been permanently placed to increase the vertical distance between the eyes.
8) Vertical-Orientation Implants
Vertical orientation implants are set in the jawbone at a ninety-degree angle, so they are perpendicular to your mouth rather than parallel to it. This is great for replacing missing teeth without altering the position of your surrounding teeth significantly. For this reason, these implants are great for people who still want to retain healthy teeth.
9) Lateral-Orientation Implants
Lateral-orientation implants are most often used to secure a bridge or denture, especially if it is made from high-quality materials such as metal and ceramic. Lateral orientation implants have two projections that rest parallel to one another to attach replacement teeth securely.
10) Cone-Shaped Implants
Cone-shaped implants are a type of implant that is placed directly into the jawbone. This technique reduces the amount of time you spend in surgery and speeds up your recovery, which means you can have new teeth sooner. Cone-shaped implants are also useful for replacing large amounts of missing bone or teeth at once.
Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth without resorting to removable replacement teeth such as dentures. Your replacement tooth is attached directly to the implant using an abutment and will not cause pressure on your other teeth so that they do not have to be ground down. Implants come in many shapes, sizes, and designs and can even use optical technology for greater precision during surgery!
Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in medicine and currently pursuing a house job at a well-reputed hospital in California, I decided to utilize my spare time in sharing knowledge with others through my blog. Apart from my time spent in the medical field, I love to read fiction novels and go on long drives.