Selecting Dental Implants for My Dentures – Aren’t They All Similar?

When it comes to restoring your smile, implant denture solutions are among the most reliable, durable, and stable options on the market. Dental implants can support fixed replacement of several teeth or an entire denture set. But not all dental implants for dentures are created equal. Understanding the differences between the different types of implants can help you make an informed decision about which type is best for your needs.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, where they act as artificial roots to support dentures or an artificial crown.The implants bond with your bone via a process known as osseo-integration, which may stop or slow down the loss of your jaw bone. 

Single vs. multiple implants

Single tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are used to replace a single missing tooth or to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Single tooth implants are placed directly into the jawbone, and a crown is then placed on top of the implant. As per the current scope of practice in Alberta, Denturists and Denture clinics aren’t allowed to work on single tooth implants.

Multiple tooth implants consist of two or more implants placed in the jawbone and connected with a bridge or denture. The bridge or denture is then placed on top of the implants, creating a natural-looking set of teeth. 

Types of implants

There are two main types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. The type of implant you choose will depend on the condition of your jawbone and your overall health. 

  • Endosteal implants are placed directly into the jawbone and are the most commonly used type of implant. They are generally considered to be the most stable and secure type of implant because they are inserted directly into the jawbone. This ensures a strong bond between the implant and the jawbone, allowing the dentures to stay securely in place. Endosteal implants are less likely to cause damage to the surrounding tissue and can be used to support multiple teeth.
  • Subperiosteal implants are placed above the jawbone, on top of the gums. They are less invasive than endosteal implants and require less bone preparation. They are also often used in cases where there is not enough bone for endosteal implants. However, subperiosteal implants are not as secure as endosteal implants and may not be suitable for people who grind their teeth or who have a tendency to move their dentures around. Subperiosteal implants are less expensive, but they may not be as durable as endosteal implants.

When selecting dental implants for your dentures, it’s important to take into account your individual needs, lifestyle, and budget. No matter which type of implant denture solution you choose, it’s important to consult with your denturist to determine which prosthesis type is best for your needs. They can help you understand the differences between the different types of implants and can recommend a treatment plan that is best suited to your individual needs. At South Calgary Denture & Implant Clinic, we offer a wide variety of solutions to suit any individual’s needs. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation and let’s work together to restore your smile!