Dental Implants: Different Types of Dental Implant Options

Dental Implants: Different Types of Dental Implant Options By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | November 12, 2022

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option that can offer many benefits to patients over other treatment options. They act as replacement tooth roots, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth, such as bridges or dentures. They also look and function like real teeth.

If you’re considering dental implants, you should know that you have several options from which to choose. There are different dental implant variations, so it’s important to understand the differences before deciding which type of implant is right for you.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of dental implants and their respective benefits. We’ll also provide some tips on how to choose the right implant for your needs. So, if you’re considering dental implants as a replacement option for missing teeth, be sure to then read on!

What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular tooth replacement option for people of all ages. Unlike removable dentures or dental bridges, which simply rest on the gums, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. This helps to provide a more secure fit and prevents natural bone loss.

Dental implants are categorised based on their placement:

  • Endosteal Implants: This is the most common type of dental implant placement. They’re placed directly into the jawbone and are typically used for people who are missing one or more teeth.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: The implants are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. They’re typically used for people with a shallow jawbone who can’t have endosteal implants.
  • Transosteal Implants: These go through the jawbone and protrude out of the gum. They’re not as common and are typically used for people with very shallow jawbones.
  • Zygomatic Implants: These are placed in the cheek bones since some people don’t have enough healthy jawbones to support a metal implant.

There are different types of implants, each with its own benefits. The right option for you will depend on your individual needs.

Single-Tooth Dental Implants

Single-tooth dental implants are typically used to replace a single missing tooth. The implant is placed in the jawbone, and a natural-looking dental crown is placed on top. It is less invasive than other options and preserves healthy teeth.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are used when there are multiple missing teeth in a row. The implant is placed in the jaw bone, and the bridge is attached to the implant. This option preserves healthy teeth and provides great support for the bridge.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are an effective way to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The implants are placed in the jaw bone, and the denture is attached to the implants. This option provides excellent stability for the denture and prevents bone loss.

All-on-Four Dental Implants

All-on-Four implants are an option for patients who want to replace all of their teeth (full arch) with implants. This uses fewer implants than other options and can be done in one surgery. Still, it provides a secure and stable foundation for the replacement teeth.

Which Types of Materials are Dental Implants Made Of?

Dental implants are made from different materials, depending on their purpose. The most common materials used in dental implants are titanium, ceramics and polymers.


The most common implant type is made from titanium, making the metal post strong and durable. Titanium dental implants are placed in the natural jawbone to act as the artificial tooth root, replacing the root of a natural tooth. Once the implant has healed, an artificial tooth (dental crown) is attached to the implant.

Dental implants made from titanium are strong and can last for many years. However, they may not be suitable for people with metal allergies.


An alternative to titanium implants is ceramic implants. These are made from materials that are similar to natural teeth. They are a good choice for people who want a more natural appearance, including those with metal allergies.

However, ceramic implants may not be as strong as titanium implants and may require more care.


Zirconia is a white ceramic material that is also biocompatible. Zirconia implants are not as strong as titanium implants but are less likely to cause allergic reactions.


Polymer dental implants are made from different types of plastic and are the least common type of dental implant. They are often used to help people with bone loss or healthy teeth that need support.

Polymer dental implants are not as strong as titanium or ceramic implants and may not last as long.

What Dental Implants are Right for Me?

The type of dental implant that is right for you will depend on several factors, such as:

  • The type of tooth that needs to be replaced: Molars are usually replaced with titanium implants because they are the strongest teeth in your mouth.
  • The amount of bone loss: If you have bone loss, you may need a different type of implant or a bone grafting procedure.
  • Your health: People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and autoimmune disease, may not be able to have dental implants.
  • Your budget: Titanium implants are usually more expensive than polymer implants.

Your dentist can help you determine which type of dental implant is right for you.

Final Thoughts

Dental implant options have come a long way in recent years. With technological advances, there are now more options than ever to replace missing or damaged teeth.

Dental implants do more than just restore aesthetic function – they also improve a patient’s quality of life. So, whether you’re looking for a natural look or something more durable, there’s an option out there for you.

At Darch Dental Care, it’s important to us that you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your dental health. So, book an appointment online or call us today! Our dental professionals would be happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you may be wondering if your traditional dentures can be converted. The answer is that, in many cases, they can be converted. This can be a great option if you’re looking for a long-term and natural-looking option.

Dental implants are a popular choice for many people because they offer many benefits over traditional dentures. They’re more comfortable and stable. They can also help preserve the health of your teeth and gums. In addition, dental implants can last much longer with proper care, whereas traditional dentures will eventually need to be replaced.

If you’re considering converting your traditional dentures to dental implants, be sure to consult with a qualified dentist. They will be able to assess your individual needs and determine whether this is the right option for you

The cost of dental implants can range anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on a variety of factors.

One of the main factors that affect the cost is the health of the patient’s teeth and gums. If a patient has healthy teeth and gums, they are likely to have less bone loss. However, if a patient has active gum disease, they are more susceptible to bone loss.

This is important to consider because bone loss can determine the need for additional procedures, which can add to the cost.

A bone augmentation procedure or a bone graft will be needed if there is not sufficient bone present. Other procedures include tooth extraction and sinus augmentation (or sinus lift).

In addition, the number of implants needed will also affect the cost. For example, if a patient needs four implants, the cost will be higher than if they only need one.

Ultimately, the most accurate way to determine how much you’ll be paying for dental implants is to consult with a qualified dentist. They will be able to assess your situation and provide you with a more accurate estimate.

Dental implants are designed to last for many years. With proper care, they can last for decades without needing to be replaced.

However, several factors can affect the lifespan of dental implants. These include:

  • The quality of the implant
  • The dentist’s skill
  • The patient’s oral health and hygiene habits
  • The type of implant used
  • Other habits, such as smoking or teeth grinding

The most important thing you can do to maintain the longevity of your dental implants is to practise good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease). This includes brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

The dental implant process is considered to be a safe procedure. In fact, the success rate of dental implants is very high. Thus, implants are considered an excellent replacement option for missing teeth. However, as with any surgery, dental implant surgery involves some risks. The most common complications associated with the procedure include:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Damage to nearby teeth and gum tissue
  • Allergic reactions
  • Implant failure

These complications are rare and can affect the healing process and recovery time. However, these can usually be avoided by choosing a qualified implant dentist to perform the dental implant procedure and following post-operative care instructions given by
 your dentist.

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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