Types of Dental Implants

A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth and recreate the appearance of a natural and confident smile. By anchoring a metal plate underneath the gum tissue, artificial teeth can then be fastened and secured in place.

Whether from infection, bone loss, or just bad genetics, there are many reasons that patients require a replacement for a missing tooth. As such, each patient and each issue is different and require different care. We will happily assist you in finding out exactly which type of dental implant is right for you.

Three Types of Dental Implants:

Transosteal Implants


The least common type of implant, a transosteal implant passes through the lower jawbone, and the gum tissue, before entering the mouth, where the replacement tooth is then secured.


Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants have a metal framework that sits on top of the jawbone, though underneath the gums. Attached to this base, subperiosteal implants have metal posts above the gum tissue onto which the prosthetic teeth are attached.


Endosteal Implants

The base of endosteal dental implants is surgically inserted into the jawbone, rather thanunderneath (transosteal) or on top (subperiosteal). Endosteal implants are the most common type, as there are many more ways to insert the implant into the jawbone.

Each of the three types of dental implants are unique, and there are many different considerations that will factor into the choice of which to use. It is important to keep in mind that the choice is not one of personal preference, but one in which factors such as the strength of your jawbone and the type of tooth that needs to be replaced will determine which type of implant is best suited for you and your individual circumstances and needs.


If you are interested in using dental implants to replace a tooth, please contact our Vancouver office at (604) 222-1299 to schedule a consultation with one of our trained dental professionals.