23 Dec 2014

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite versatile, and different types of implant replacements are made that are suited for the specific needs of the individual that requires them. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which is highly durable and has a thin film on its surface that could protect it from corrosion. There are several types of implants, and here are some of them:
  • Transosseous implant
    • Involves inserting two metal rods from below the chin until the inside of the mouth. The rods that are exposed in the mouth are where dentures are attached to; however, this type is rarely used these days due to the extensive surgery, anesthesia, and hospitalisation required.
  • Root-form
    • These implants are placed in the bone, and look like screws and come in different widths and lengths. The bone has to be healthy, deep, and wide enough to secure the implant.
  • Blade-form
    • Also placed in the bone, these are flat rectangle metals with one or two metal prongs which support crowns or bridges. It is used less frequently than the root-form.
  • Ramus-frame
    • This is embedded into the jawbone in the back corners of the mouth and near the chin. This can stabilise weak jaws and help prevent fracturing. A thin metal bar is visible around the gum where dentures are fit into.


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