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Pros and cons of different types of dental implants

Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth, and they come in a variety of types and materials. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each before making a decision.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are made of titanium and are shaped like small screws. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, and a crown is attached to the top of the implant. Endosteal implants are popular because they are strong, durable, and can last for many years.


  • Endosteal implants are very strong and durable, making them a long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth.
  • They are compatible with a wide range of dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
  • They look and function like natural teeth, making them a great option for those who want a natural-looking smile.


  • The surgery required to place the implant can be invasive and require a longer recovery time than other options.
  • Some people may be allergic to titanium, which can cause an adverse reaction to the implant.
  • Endosteal implants require a certain amount of bone density and may not be suitable for those with significant bone loss.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants. Rather than being placed directly into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum tissue, but above the jawbone. A metal framework is attached to the implant, which then supports a dental prosthesis, such as a crown or bridge.


  • Subperiosteal implants are a good option for those with limited bone density, as they do not require as much bone as endosteal implants.
  • The surgery required to place subperiosteal implants is less invasive than endosteal implants, meaning a shorter recovery time.
  • They are a good option for those who cannot wear traditional dentures.


  • Subperiosteal implants are not as strong as endosteal implants, so they may not be as long-lasting.
  • The metal framework used in subperiosteal implants can be visible, which may not be suitable for those who want a more natural-looking smile.
  • Subperiosteal implants are not as widely used as endosteal implants, so finding a dentist who is experienced in placing them may be more difficult.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are an alternative to traditional implants for those who do not have enough bone in their upper jaw to support an implant. Rather than being placed into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are placed into the cheekbone, which provides the necessary support.


  • Zygomatic implants are a good option for those who do not have enough bone in their upper jaw to support traditional implants.
  • They provide a stable base for dental restorations, such as dentures or bridges.
  • They are a good option for those who have experienced bone loss due to periodontal disease or other conditions.


  • The surgery required to place zygomatic implants is more complex than traditional implants and requires a longer recovery time.
  • The placement of zygomatic implants requires a skilled and experienced dentist, which may be more difficult to find.
  • They are not suitable for everyone, as the cheekbone must be large enough to support the implant.

Mini Dental Implants


  • MDIs are minimally invasive and require less bone density than traditional implants, making them a good option for those with limited bone structure.
  • They can be placed in a single appointment, which means you can leave the dentist’s office with a fully functional tooth or denture the same day.
  • MDIs are less expensive than traditional implants, making them a more affordable option for many people.
  • They require a shorter healing time than traditional implants and can be loaded with a denture or crown immediately after placement.


  • MDIs are not as strong as traditional implants and are typically used to support small teeth or dentures rather than to replace larger teeth.
  • They have a higher risk of failure than traditional implants and may need to be replaced more frequently.
  • They may not be suitable for those with bruxism (teeth grinding) or a history of dental trauma.
  • MDIs have a shorter lifespan than traditional implants and may not be as long-lasting.

Why Choose Abbeymount Dental for Dental Implants?

When it comes to dental implants, Abbeymount Dental Care stands out as a top choice. We will help you choose the most suitable type of dental implants based on your unique dental conditions. Our commitment to providing exceptional care and outstanding results makes us a trusted name in the field. What sets us apart is our team of highly skilled professionals, including our renowned implantologist, Omar Al Latif, who brings over 25 years of expertise to our practice. With a personalised approach, Omar and our team understand the unique needs of each patient, ensuring that every dental implant procedure is a success. From the moment you step into our clinic, you’ll experience a warm and friendly environment where your comfort and satisfaction are our priorities. Choose Abbeymount Dental Care for dental implants, and let us restore your smile with precision, care, and the expertise of Omar Al Latif.

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