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Various types of Dental Implants
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Various types of Dental Implants

Common Types of Dental Implants:
In the field of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are many different types of Dental Implants, each one designed to meet your specific needs.  Only after a thorough evaluation with the right equipment will your dentist be able to recommend the best treatment option for you.

Root-Form Titanium Dental Implant:  The Most Common Form
The most common type of Dental Implant is the Root-Form Titanium implant; also known as an endosseous or endosteal implant (a name that stems from the fact that these tooth implants are placed directly in the bone).  Root-form implants are made of titanium and are very similar in appearance to screws, nails, or cones.

Sub-Periosteal Dental Implant:  For Those Suffering From Bone Loss
Patients who have suffered great amounts of bone loss are likely to benefit the most from the Sub-Periosteal Dental Implant.  This is for patients who do not have enough bone in the jaw to withstand the Root-Form Titanium Dental Implant.  These types of Dental Implants are placed over the jaw, rather than in it.

Plate-Form Dental Implant:
Plate-Form Dental Implants are a rectangle piece of metal with either one or two metal prongs on the side.  They are placed vertically in the jaw so the prongs stick up into the mouth where the final Artificial Tooth will later be placed. 

Ramus-Frame Dental Implant: For Patients with a Thin Lower Jawbone
Patients with a thin lower-jawbone will likely benefit the most from the Ramus-Frame Dental Implant.  These are placed in the jaw at the back of the mouth and then full or partial dentures are made to fit on a thin metal bar that is visible above the gum tissue once everything heals.

Transosseous Implant: The Rarest Form of Dental Implant Therapy

Transosseous Implant was designed originally for people who were devoid of bottom teeth and whose lower jaws had little bone. They are not used extensively these days as placing transosseous implants require, extensive surgery and hospitalization. Also, this type of implant cannot be used in upper implant.

Inserting transosseous implants entails placing two metal rods from the lower part of the chin, via the chin bone, until exposed into the mouth. Now, the exposed rods are used for the sake of attaching a denture.

However, one thing which would leave you pondering is that this form of implant provide biocortical stabilization, even then most of the dentists prefer bone draft and other endosseous implants compared to the Transosseous implants. But, it not only has surgical disadvantage, it also has some prosthetic disadvantages. Prosthetic abutments are limited and at the same time not even effective for tooth replacement.


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