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Types of Dental Implants

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Posted: Jun 22, 2021

So, you’ve had enough of meaningless flings and are now looking for a more permanent dental relationship? Then dental implants might be the right life partner for you, especially if you only have a small gap to fill. Just like with different dentures, implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and types. We’re here with an explanation to help you know your endosteal from your subperiosteal. Read on to learn more about denture implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal anchors that your dentist surgically positions into the jawbone. These implants are then used to mount replacement teeth. Since implants are fused into the jawbone, they help support any artificial teeth securely.

You will need healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. The cost of getting dental implants is also greater than getting partial dentures or complete dentures. Most insurance plans only cover around 10% of the price.

What Types of Dental Implants Are There?

  • Endosteal implant. The most common type of implant is the endosteal implant. This is a titanium implant shaped like a small screw which is a placed in the jawbone.

  • Subperiosteal implant. In the past, subperiosteal implants, those which go under the gum but can be bolted on or above the jawbone, were also used but are very rare today, but it’s an alternative to the endosteal.

  • Zygomatic implant. This is the least common type of dental implant and is only really prescribed if you don’t have enough of a jawbone to get an endosteal one. In this case, the implant is placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.

Infographic showing the components of an endosteal implant

Alternative Dental Implant Techniques

There are also alternative dental implants you can get if you prefer something a little different. Here are a few alternatives to your standard dental implants:

  • Immediate Load Dental Implants. This is just a fancy way of saying same-day dental implants


  • Mini Dental Implants (MDIs). These implants are smaller and narrower than standard implants and are more suitable in cases where the bone will not support conventional implants.

Dental implants replacing multiple teeth:

  • All-on-4®. This is a full mouth dental implant and offers you an alternative placement to a top or bottom set of dentures, which is also called a full arch: there are four dental implants placed into the bone with the use of special abutments, so temporary replacement teeth can be placed in that day. After six months, once the gum has healed, the temporary teeth are replaced with a permanent set.

Types of Dental Implants Anchor 3 Image

FAQ About Dental Implants

Which type of dental implant is the best?The endosteal implant is suitable for most people, however your dentist can advise you on the best type for you.
What are the 2 main types of dental implants today?Although there used to be two types of dental implants, only the endosteal implant is really common today.
What is the downside of dental implants?The cost is the largest downside for most people, but the process to get dental implants can be painful. There is also the risk of nerve damage or infection following the procedure.
Do dental implants hurt?For some, the surgery can be painful, and the recovery can involve swelling in the gums which can leave them sore and tender.

Consult your nearest dental professional regarding the dental implant options you may have. You can have a chat with your dentist about your options or see our interactive map to find the right place to get your dental implants done, so you can have the implant relationship you’re looking for to go out and bite through life.