(Premium + Design)Types of Dental Implants - 7 Factors To Consider

Dental implant treatment is one of the most customizable procedures in all of dentistry.

There are dozens of different companies that manufacture FDA-approved dental implant components. When you consider the innumerable treatment possibilities, the options can be overwhelming.

That is why it is so important to undergo treatment with a doctor who has experience providing various types of dental implants to different types of patients. Here, we explain seven factors that doctors consider when developing your unique treatment plan.

 

Experience Matters

At Zboril Dental Center, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality implant treatment possibleDr. Zboril has completed extensive continuing education courses, including:

He is also Level Two Certified for Oral Sedation in Texas. Learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants by contacting our office online or calling (361) 550-7186 today.

 

1. Implant Width (Platform)

Traditional or standard platform dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of missing teeth.

Wide platform dental implants may be used when replacing a molar, or they may be paired with traditional implants to secure a denture in place. Ideally, they are placed immediately after extraction. This option provides a larger surface area to distribute the biting forces that could compromise the bond between the implant and the bone.

Mini platform dental implants may be recommended for patients with poor jawbone density who do not wish to undergo bone grafting. This option is also suited to patients with smaller-than-average jaws, or in cases in which the natural teeth are very close to the implant site. Mini dental implants are not as strong as standard and wide-platform implants.

2. Implant Shape

The three most common dental implant shapes are the cylinder, straight screw, and conical screw. Screw-type implants can be made in different thread designs and pitches (distances between threads).

Screw-type implants are more commonly used because they offer good stability. However, cylinder implants are easier to place within the jaw, and may be ideal if you are undergoing immediate implant placement after extraction.

The implant shape that is right for you will depend on jawbone density, the location in which the implant is placed, and the placement method.

3. Implant Materials

  • Titanium: Titanium has been used for decades with good clinical outcomes. It is unique in its ability to integrate with surrounding tissues and bone, essentially becoming a part of the anatomy.
  • Zirconia: Zirconia has similar properties to titanium. It is a good option for those rare patients who are allergic to titanium. This option is not as time-tested as titanium, but thus far has shown good results.

4. Implant Surface

The implant surface can be rough, smooth, or a combination of textures. Roughened surfaces can provide better stability by increasing bone-to-implant contact. However, studies have shown comparable long-term success with both rough and smooth surface implants.

In addition, the implant coating can improve bone healing in the area adjacent to the implants, establish a good bond between the bone and implant, and reduce the risk of infection. There are many implant coatings available, including hydroxyapatite, carbon, fluoride, and calcium phosphate.

5. Dental Implant Placement

Endosteal dental implants: Endosteal (root) implants are implanted in the jaw. This option is ideal for patients who have sufficient jawbone density. The majority of dental implants that are used today are endosteal implants.

 

Subperiosteal dental implants: Subperiosteal dental implants are attached to a metal framework that is placed under the gum tissue, but on top of the jawbone. This approach was recommended for patients with insufficient jawbone density or height, but is rarely used now that smaller root-form dental implants have been developed.

 

6. Single- vs. Two-stage Technique

  • The two-stage implant technique is typically used with traditional and wide platform endosteal implants. First, the implants are placed in the bone. Three to six months later, once the implants have fused to the bone tissue, an abutment is placed. After about two weeks of healing, the restoration can be placed.
  • The single-stage implant technique is typically used with subperiosteal implants, mini implants, and All-on-4. They can often support a restoration immediately following placement, which is why they are often called immediate-load dental implants, same-day dental implants, or Teeth in a Day.

7. Dental Implant Restoration Options

Crowns: An implant-supported crown is used in single-tooth cases.

Bridges: Typically, an implant-supported bridge can replace up to four consecutive missing teeth.

Dentures: Dentures are used to replace a full arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Patients can receive all standard and wide-form implants for a set of dentures; or, if jawbone density, cost, or time is a concern, the All-on-4 system may be preferred.

Which Option Is Right for Me?

The four most common types of dental implants are wide platform, traditional platform, mini platform, or the All-on-4 system. The majority of patients will have one type or a combination of these implant types placed. They will be further customized in terms of shape, material, surface, and the other factors discussed here.

  Mini Dental Implants Traditional Dental Implants Wide Dental Implants All-on-4
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Experience Matters

At Zboril Dental Center, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality implant treatment possibleDr. Zboril has completed extensive continuing education courses, including:

He is also Level Two Certified for Oral Sedation in Texas. Learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants by contacting our office online or calling (361) 550-7186 today.

 

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I've always felt self-conscious about my body, but after coming to Enhance Your Look, I feel like a whole new me! Everyone at the practice was so kind and helpful. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. Lisa S.