Types of dental implants

There are several types of dental implants available on the market today, in the majority of cases our dentists use root form dental implants. In every case the implant will be selected that is most suitable for the individual case by our implant dentist. The type you have will depend upon a range of factors which include the shape of your jawbone, bone density and volume and the cost.

This section discusses the following types of implants:

  • Mini implants
  • Zirconium implants
  • Root form implants
  • Plate form implants

These are all discussed further as individual subsections.

What are dental implants made from?

The majority of dental implants are made from titanium, a strong, corrosion-resistant material that is also non-toxic which makes it an ideal choice for osseointegration. Its internal properties closely resemble those of human bone which is why it is used for dental implants and other medical uses.

Nearly all dental implants are what we term ‘root form endosseous implants’ in that they closely resemble the root of a natural tooth and fuse well within the jawbone. Find out more about these in our root form implants section.

Who manufactures dental implants?

Dental implants are produced by several companies which include Nobel Biocare, Straumann, BioHorizons, Zimmer and Biomet 3I. Our implant dentists choose the implant system that is most suited to each individual and will achieve the best results.