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Types of Dental Implants

Root form dental implants

This is the most popular and common type of dental implants. They look like screws of various widths and lengths and are placed in the bone in a single stage or a two-steps process. Once the implant has healed, a crown, bridge or denture can be placed on it. A severely deteriorated jawbone may not have enough density to support these implants.

Fin Implants

If missing teeth are left untreated for long or if patients suffer from any condition causing the jawbone to recede under the gums, the “thin jaw ridge” can make them unable to get standard implants. Fin implants are designed to be placed in such cases to prevent any further damage to the bone and the facial structure.

Subperiosteal Implants

These implants consist on a lightweight, custom-designed, metal framework that fits over the bone to provide the equivalent of multiple tooth roots. It is generally used to secure dentures, as well as a replacement teeth solution when the patient’s bone has severely receded and the jaw structure has become very limited.

Blade Implants

A type of endosseous (placed in the bone)implants, these are less frequently used than root-form implants. The process consists on placing plat rectangles of metal in the jaw with one or two prongs on one long side that stick out to support crowns or bridges.

Ramus Frame Implants

This type of implant is embedded in the jawbone near the wisdom teeth and the chin. Once the gum tissue has healed, a thin metal bar can be seen around the top of the gum, which is concealed by dentures that fit onto it. These implants help stabilizing weak jaws and prevent them from fracturing.

Implant Supported Over-Dentures

In the event of a patient having all his teeth missing but enough jawbone to support an implant, an implant-supported denture can be placed to ensure the recovering of natural teeth’s function and appearance. The procedure consists on inserting implants with integrated ball-tops into the jaw, onto which the special attachments of the custom-built denture snap.

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