What Are The Different Types of Dental Implants?

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Dr. Justin Soon

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What Are The Different Types of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a well-known tooth replacement option, and for good reason. They are strong, durable, and can give you a natural-looking smile.

Dental implants replace a tooth lost because of dental decay, injury, or gum disease. The implant is a metal post placed in the jawbone where the tooth is missing.

Once the implant heals, a tooth-coloured crown is placed on top of the implant to give you a natural-looking smile.

But did you know that there are several types of dental implants? In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of dental implants and how they can benefit you.

What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are categorised as endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants, and zygomatic implants. However, many types of dental implants are available for the patient. The dentist will determine the right type of replacement teeth during the initial consultation.

The most common types of dental implants are:

  • Single-Tooth Implants
  • Implant-Retained Dentures
  • Implant-Supported Bridges
  • All-on-Four Dental Implants

Single-Tooth Implants

Single-tooth dental implants are the most common. As the name suggests, this type of implant is used to replace a single tooth.

The implant will be placed in the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Then, it will fuse with the bone over time. As soon as this process is complete, a dental crown will be placed on top of the implant to restore the tooth.

Pros of Single-Tooth Implants

  • Allows you to bite and chew normally
  • Does not put any stress on the surrounding teeth
  • Will improve your appearance by filling the gap in your smile
  • Prevents bone loss in the area and complications from tooth loss

Cons of Single-Tooth Implants

  • The implant procedure is more invasive than other options.
  • It can be more expensive than other options.
  • There is a longer healing time required.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are used to replace a full set of teeth. This option is suitable for people who have lost all their teeth and cannot wear traditional dentures.

The first step in this process is to place the implants into the jawbone. Once the implants have healed, they will be used to support a denture. The denture will be firmly attached to the implants, making it much more stable than a traditional denture.

Pros of Implant-Retained Dentures

  • The denture will be much more stable than a traditional denture, making it easier to eat and speak
  • This option can give you a full set of teeth, improving the appearance of your smile
  • Implants can help preserve the jawbone and prevent further bone loss

Cons of Implant-Retained Dentures

  • The implant surgery can be costly and may not be covered by insurance
  • The surgery is invasive and may require a lengthy recovery period
  • Implants may not be a good option for people with certain health conditions

Implant-Supported Bridges

An implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthetic supported by implants and used to replace one or more missing adjacent teeth. Like an implant-retained denture, an implant-supported bridge can improve the function and appearance of your smile.

Pros of Implant-Supported Bridges

  • Can improve the function and appearance of your smile
  • Can be used to replace one or more missing teeth

Cons of Implant-Supported Bridges

  • More expensive than traditional bridges or partial dentures
  • May not be an option for people with certain health conditions

All-on-Four Dental Implants

All-on-Four dental implants are a type of implant-supported denture. This option can be used to replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.

An all-on-four dental implant consists of four titanium posts placed in your jawbone. These posts act as anchors for your new teeth.

Pros of All-on-Four Dental Implants

  • Can be used to replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw
  • Can provide you with a new set of teeth in just one day

Cons of All-on-Four Dental Implants

  • More expensive than other types of dental implants
  • May not be a suitable option for people with certain medical conditions

What Materials are Used to Make Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are used to restore the function, appearance, and health of a person’s smile.

The materials used to make dental implants play an important role in their success. The three most common materials used for dental implants are titanium, zirconium, and ceramic. Each material type has its own pros and cons.


Titanium is the most widely used material for dental implants. It is durable and strong with a very low rate of complications. The main downside to titanium is that it can sometimes be visible through the gum tissue. This can be a concern for people looking for a very natural-looking result.


Zirconium is another popular choice for dental implants. It is more expensive than titanium, but it is also more aesthetic. Zirconium is very strong and closely resembles the colour of natural teeth. The main downside to zirconium is that it is not as well-studied as titanium, so there is less data available regarding its long-term success rates.


Ceramic implants are the newest type of dental implant on the market. They are made from a high-strength material that closely resembles the colour of natural teeth. Ceramic implants are very strong and esthetic but also very brittle. This can make them more susceptible to breakage and failure than either titanium or zirconium implants.

The optimal materials for dental implants are those that are strong, durable, and biocompatible.

Titanium, zirconium, and ceramic have these qualities, but each has its own unique set of pros and cons.

It is important to discuss your tooth implant options with your dentist before deciding which material is right for you.

Can Dental Implants Be Placed in a Single Day?

Dental implants can be placed in a single day, but this is not always a suitable option for every patient. If you have enough bone density in your jaw, you may be a candidate for same-day implants.

Same-day implants are placed using a minimally invasive surgery, which means there is less pain and swelling after the procedure.

However, if you do not have sufficient bone, you may need a bone grafting procedure before you can get dental implants to support a temporary tooth.

Your dentist can tell you if you are a candidate for same-day implants.

Can Traditional Dentures Be Converted to Implants?

If you currently wear traditional dentures, you may be wondering if they can be converted to implants. The answer is yes!

Traditional dentures are removable artificial teeth supported by the surrounding gum tissue. They can be an effective option for those who have lost all or most of their natural teeth.

However, traditional dentures can sometimes be uncomfortable and become loose over time. They may require special adhesives to stay in place. Additionally, traditional dentures may cover a large portion of the gum tissue, making it difficult to clean the gums properly.

For these reasons, some people convert their traditional dentures to implants.

Unlike traditional dentures, implants do not require adhesives and will not slip or move around in your mouth. Your dentist can place dental implants in your jaw and then attach your dentures to the implants. This will give you a more secure fit and make it easier to eat and speak.

How Much Do Different Dental Implants Cost?

There are many different types of dental implants, and the cost can vary depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the complexity of the procedure, and the need for other procedures such as a bone augmentation procedure (bone graft) or sinus elevation.

Single-tooth implants typically cost between $3,000 and $5,500, while implant-supported bridges can range from $6,300 to $9,500.

Implant-supported dentures are typically more expensive, costing between $15,000 and $18,000. All-on-four implants replace all of the teeth in an arch and can cost between \$16,000 and \$42,000 per fixed arch.

Ultimately, the optimum way to determine the cost of dental implants is to consult with a qualified dentist. They will be able to assess your needs and give you a more accurate estimate.

Which Type of Dental Implant is Right for Me?

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right type of dental implant.

One important factor is whether you are replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth. If you are only replacing one tooth, you may be a candidate for a single-tooth implant. If you are missing multiple teeth, an implant-supported denture or an all-on-four dental implant may be good for you.

Another important factor to consider is the health of your bones and gums. If you have healthy bones and gums, you may be a good candidate for any type of dental implant. However, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants if you have unhealthy bones or gums. Fortunately, there are procedures available, such as bone grafting, to make you a better candidate.

Lastly, it is important to consider the cost of dental implants. Dental implants can be expensive. So, it is important to consider whether you can afford the procedure before deciding.

Ultimately, there is no one “right” type of dental implant. The proper way to determine which implant type is right for you is to consult a qualified dentist. They can assess your individual needs and recommend suitable implant treatment options.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to tooth replacement options, dental implants are often considered the gold standard. Unlike custom dentures or conventional bridges, which rest on top of the gums, dental implants are surgically implanted into the healthy jawbone. This makes the implant secure and makes them feel more natural than other artificial tooth options.

However, not all dental implants are created equal. Various types of dental implants can be used to achieve different results. It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist and go over your tooth implant options so you you know that no matter which type of dental implant you choose, you are getting a tooth replacement option that is strong, secure, and natural-looking.

At Karrinyup Dental Centre, we offer different types of dental implants that can be used depending on your needs and goals. We want you to feel confident in your choice of tooth replacement option, and our team is here to help you make the right decision for your unique situation.

If you’re curious about dental implants and want more information, please book an appointment online or call our clinic. Our dental implant experts would be happy to answer any questions and help you get started on the path to a beautiful smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many benefits of dental implants, including that they:

  • Allow you to eat and speak normally:
    Both chewing and speaking can be difficult with missing teeth. Dental implants restore both functions, allowing you to eat and socialise without worry.

  • Restore your smile and confidence:
    The metal implants look and feel like your own natural teeth, giving you back your confident smile. They also stimulate bone growth, helping maintain the natural shape of the face.

  • Improve oral health:
    Dental implants do not require the reduction of adjacent teeth, like dental bridges. Additionally, because dental implants are easy to clean, they can improve oral hygiene.

  • Are long-lasting:
    Titanium implants can replace healthy teeth, and they can last for a lifetime with proper care. The materials used are resistant to tooth decay.

  • Give you different tooth implant options:
    Dental implants can be used to support a single artificial tooth, or they can be used to support a full set of dentures.

Despite their benefits, dental implants still carry some risks, such as gum infection, nerve damage, allergic reactions, and implant failure. If you are considering dental implants, consult your dentist to see if they are the right option for you.

Certain qualities make a person a good candidate for dental implants.

  • They should have healthy gums and jaw bone
  • They should have good overall health
  • They should be committed to good oral hygiene
  • They should be willing to follow the instructions of their dentist
  • They should have realistic expectations about what dental implants can achieve

The short answer is no; dental implant placement does not hurt.

Before the dental implant surgery even begins, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around your mouth.

This is so you will feel no pain during the surgical procedure.

After the surgery is complete, you may experience some soreness and swelling during the recovery time. But this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and will subside with the healing process.

In short, getting dental implants is a relatively painless dental procedure.

A mini dental implant is a type of dental implant that is smaller in diameter than a traditional dental implant.

Mini implants are typically used to support simpler dental prostheses, such as a single crown or a bridge, rather than a full set of dentures.

Like traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are made of titanium and are placed in the natural jawbone to provide support for false teeth or dental appliances.

Dr. Justin Soon


Dr. Justin Soon

Dr. Justin completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Western Australia. Dr Justin completed his surgical implant training under the mentorship of Dr. Glen Liddelow, Dr. Graham Carmichael, and Dr. Brent Allan at the Branemark Centre.

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