Layton Dental Implant Variables: Types and Coatings

September 14, 2021

For a variety of different dental issues that involve lost or damaged teeth, the use of dental implants is one of the most common solution methods. Dental implants provide complete restoration for missing teeth, supporting full function of the entire mouth while preventing risks like jawbone loss or others that come with lost teeth.

At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're happy to offer a variety of dental implants to our Layton patients to meet their every need. We provide a free consultation ahead of time to help you determine whether an implant is right for you, plus to go over some important themes like which implant type, coating and size you'll consider. What are your options in some of these important areas, and which will be best for you? This two-part blog series will go over all these details and more.

Types of Dental Implants

Generally speaking, dental implants fall into two categories: Endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. Some basics on both of these:

  • Endosteal implants: The most common type of dental implant, endosteal implants come in a variety of widths and lengths to allow for proper customization. Like the name suggests, these implants are placed into the jawbone that surrounds your teeth, fixing them into place one by one until you have a full set of replacement teeth. This fixing can be done using screw types (threaded), cylinder types (smooth) or bladed types. They are known for their stability and durability.
  • Subperiosteal implants: Alternatively, subperiosteal implants are positioned on top of the jawbone surface to create a solid framework that holds each replacement tooth into place. In terms of support and stability, they're very similar to endosteal implants as their positions are just inverted. They're often made from titanium, and the treatment process will be done in two parts rather than one. These options are less commonly used today.

Dental Implant Coatings

Another important factor when choosing a dental implant is the coating that will be present. Coatings cover the titanium or other implant materials that will be used, and they're designed to protect the implant from external factors that might cause degradation, such as saliva or moisture.

There are a total of four different types of dental implant coatings that can be used: Zirconia, aluminum oxide, hydroxyapatite and titanium plasma spray. Zirconia coatings are made with zirconium oxide, which is known for its strength. It has a high resistance to acids that form in saliva and disease, protecting the implant from damage. Additionally, it also helps prevent bacteria growth on your dental implants, and is likely the most common coating material. However, others may have benefits for you -- speak to your dentist to learn more here.

For more on the different options you have available for dental implants, or to learn about any of our family dentist or pediatric dental services in Layton, speak to the staff at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry today.

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