What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants to Consider?

Types of Dental Implants to Consider

Is it time to start looking for dental implants? Anyone missing their natural teeth should consider implants if they’re looking for a way to restore their confidence and show off their smile. While getting implants might see daunting and overwhelming, there’s no reason to be afraid. There are various types of implants to consider, so you can rest assured knowing you’ll find the perfect and most comfortable option for you. 

What Is a Dental Implant?

Before diving into the various options, it’s important to understand what dental implants are. Think of implant supported dentures as replacement teeth. However, you can also get an implant to replace a single tooth. There are many instances that can cause a person to lose their teeth or need a replacement. An implant is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing or damaged one. The roots consists of screw-like posts that are capped with ceramic dental crowns. However, there’s no need to panic! These are a more comfortable, discreet, and secure option.

single dental implant

How Do You Know If You Need Implants?

Fortunately, there are a number of simple ways to tell if you need a trip to the dentist for implants, namely:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Missing teeth 
  • Severe toothache or pain 
  • Loose bridges, dentures, or teeth
  • Difficulty biting or chewing

What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

Now, let’s look at the different options when it comes to choosing your next set of pearly whites!

Endosteal Implants

This is the most common type of implant. It is a root form implant that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. These implants are made out of an alloplastic material, small screws, and titanium, creating an artificial tissue graft. When undergoing implant surgery, as is the case with endosteal implants, bone grafting is a necessary process. 

Additionally, these implants bond with your natural bone over time, and are known to be much more comfortable than many other types of implants. They are a fan favorite because they don’t cause much irritation to your gum tissue. 

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are not very common. They do not get surgically inserted into the jawbone. Furthermore, they are often placed under the gums, but may also be placed above or on the jawbone. 

While very uncommon, these are a fantastic option for anyone with an insufficient natural jawbone, as their jawbone will not be able to support endosteal implants sufficiently. 

Zygomatic Implants

This is another option that is rarely used. Zygomatic implants are placed on the cheekbone, and has a more complex implant procedure.

Typically, this type of implants will only be used where bone augmentation isn’t possible. 

Implant-supported Overdentures

An implant-supported overdenture is a type of removable denture that’s supported by an implant, and is ideal for anyone who has suffered tooth loss but not bone loss. This is because bone is required to support the implant.

overdenture or implant supported denture

An implant denture is a much more comfortable option that traditional dentures as they don’t sit in your gums. 

Standard Removable Overdenture

A removable denture is one of the more affordable option; however, it requires a great deal of care and maintenance. You need to remove and clean these dentures daily.

Removing and inserting them is a straightforward process as they either get fitted over your existing teeth or snap onto an implant. 

Telescopic Overdenture 

Are you struggling to choose between a removable and fixed dental implant? Then, you might want to consider telescopic overdentures as they’re a hybrid. 

Professionals tend to recommend this option when a patient is missing all of their teeth on their lower or upper jaw.

When it comes to price, a telescopic overdenture also sits in the middle. It’s more affordable than fixed implant dentures but more expensive than a standard removable overdenture. Overall, this is a high-quality option. 

Fixed Implant-supported Dentures

If you’re not interested in temporary teeth, this is the most permanent type of implant available. Furthermore, if finding an option as close to your natural teeth as possible is a priority, this fixed implant-supported dentures are certainly worth considering. It’s vital to note that these dentures can only be removed by a denturist. 

Lastly, fixed implant-supported dentures are costly and a big investment; however, most people who opt for these implants are extremely satisfied with the results as they can go about their daily lives normally. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?

Just like any surgical procedure, it’s crucial to weigh the pros and cons:


  • Helps improve self-confidence
  • Allows you to speak and chew normally
  • Looks like natural teeth
  • Supports itself, placing less strain on the rest of your teeth
  • Helps preserve your bone
  • Can last between 10 and 15 years with proper care
  • Easy to maintain and clean


  • Requires invasive surgery
  • The procedure is expensive
  • Does not whiten like natural teeth
  • You might require a bone graft

Choosing the Ideal Dental Implant for You

Oral health is a vital component of living a happy and healthy life. Therefore, it’s crucial not to ignore or delay any necessary procedures. As soon as you notice any signs of needing dental implant surgery, make sure to contact your dentist immediately.

Contact our Denture Clinic

At Shreve Denture Clinic in Leamington, Ontario Canada, our professionals are dedicated to ensuring you get long-lasting prosthetic teeth that will ensure you still have a healthy jawbone. Contact us today to discover the best dental implant option for you!

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly Basden

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD


When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.