The Two Main Types of Dental Implants

Posted on: March 16, 2019

Wondering if you should get dental implants? If you have recently lost a tooth then you need to find a tooth replacement option as soon as possible. Since you do have a few options for replacing a missing tooth, which includes partial dentures and bridges, you are encouraged to research all of your options so you can choose an option that works for you.

Know that dental implants are a commonly chosen option due to their ability to look and act just like a natural tooth does.

Why dental implants are a popular tooth-replacement option

It is always important for dental patients to educate themselves on all of their dental options when they are in need of dental repair. When you know what to expect, you are much more likely to experience success with your chosen option.

The reason why dental implants are so popular nowadays is twofold. Firstly, they are a permanent tooth repair option that supports jawbone health. Secondly, they look natural, allowing them to easily blend in with the rest of the teeth.

Dental implants are placed into two main types — endosteal and subperiosteal.


Endosteal dental implants are the most common type of implant used on patients who are missing one or more of their teeth. They are made using titanium, which is not only a very strong metal, it is a metal that is compatible with the high majority of dental patients. A titanium implant looks just like a very tiny screw and is strategically insert it into a patients jawbone, allowing it to act just like the root of the tooth.

Once the titanium screw heals, the patient will have a false tooth placed over the implant. The end result is a natural looking tooth that provides the patient with necessary jaw stimulation for good bone health.


Subperiosteal dental implants are an option for patients who do not have enough jawbone to securely attach endosteal implants. While bone graft procedures are often a choice for patients who do not have sufficient jawbone, not every patient will be approved for the process, with some choosing not to undergo a bone graft. The subperiosteal implant procedure places a dental implant in between the gum and the jawbone.

Ready to get started?

In order for you to know whether dental implants are the right choice for you, you will need to make an appointment with a dental professional for an evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will understand which type of dental implant will work for you.

A consultation appointment is a great time for you to ask any of the questions you may have, so feel free to write them down and bring them with you. You are also encouraged to take any necessary notes that will help you make a decision that works for you. There truly is no time like the present to take care of your oral health.

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