Types of Dental Implants: Trefoil Implants vs. All-On-Four Implants

Dental implants are designed to give you a smile that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. Available in different sizes, heights, and types, the dental implant procedure can vary based on your particular needs.

There are two main types of dental implants:

Endosteal – The most commonly used implant, these are placed in the jawbone and are typically made of titanium and shaped like screws.
Subperiosteal – Used in patients who do not have a healthy natural jawbone or cannot undergo bone augmentation, these implants are placed under the gum, but above the jawbone.

Depending on your needs and the health of your jawbone, there are a few implant techniques that can improve your oral health:

Immediate Load Dental Implants – Also known as TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™, immediate load implants allow for the placement of a temporary tooth during the same appointment as your implant placement. However, not everyone’s jawbone can support the immediate placement and pressure of a temporary tooth.

Trefoil Implants – A more affordable option, trefoil implants include placing three implants into the lower mandibular arch. The implants are then fit with a prefabricated titanium bar, wrapped in acrylics, that will be able to hold teeth one week after surgery. The treatment time is shorter compared to All-on-Four implants.

All-on-Four Implants – All-on-Four implants are named appropriately; this procedure involves “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants. Commonly used for total rehabilitation of a full set of teeth, these implants can completely change the look and feel of your smile!

Our experienced dental team will work with you to decide which dental implant procedure is best for your needs. Our goal is to help improve your quality of life by providing you with the service needed to restore your oral health and wellness! For more information or to schedule a consult, contact St. Luke’s OMS today!