What Types of Dental Implants Are Available? An In-Depth Guide

Karim Shokraee 7 minute read Published: 1/03/2024 Last updated: 3/06/2024

Dental implants have revolutionized the way we approach dental care, offering long-term solutions for missing teeth that go beyond the capabilities of traditional dentures and bridges. With advancements in dental technology, patients now have access to a variety of implant options designed to meet their unique needs. This comprehensive guide aims to educate patients about the different types of dental implants available, the expertise of denture specialists, and the remarkable work of Dr. Arfeen Aslam in the field of implantology.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are designed for individuals missing one tooth. These implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone, acting as a root for the artificial tooth (crown) that is placed on top. Single dental implants are known for their durability and the natural look and feel they provide. For more information, visit Single Dental Implants in Manchester.

Full Mouth Dental Implants

Full mouth dental implants offer a comprehensive solution for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. This procedure involves the strategic placement of multiple titanium posts across the jaw, which serve as anchors for a full arch of artificial teeth. Full mouth implants can be implemented in both the upper and lower jaws, providing a stable and secure alternative to traditional dentures. This option not only restores the full functionality of the mouth but also significantly enhances the patient’s facial structure and aesthetic appeal. Full mouth dental implants are perfect for patients with a terminal dentition looking for long-term durability and a profound positive impact they have on quality of life.

Dental Implant Bridges

Dental implant bridges present a middle ground between single dental implants and full mouth reconstructions. Ideal for patients missing several teeth in a row, implant-supported bridges eliminate the need to replace each tooth individually. Instead, two or more implants are placed in the jawbone to support a bridge of prosthetic teeth. This solution offers several advantages over traditional bridges, including the avoidance of grinding down healthy adjacent teeth, which is often necessary to anchor a conventional bridge. Dental implant bridges provide a fixed, stable, and aesthetically pleasing solution, restoring the functionality and appearance of multiple missing teeth with fewer implants.

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What Materials Are Dental Implants Made From?

Dental implants are predominantly made from two materials, each chosen for its strength, durability, and compatibility with the human body.


The most widely used material for dental implants, titanium is celebrated for its exceptional strength, biocompatibility, and ability to fuse with bone through osseointegration. This process ensures the implant is securely anchored to the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth.


An alternative to titanium, zirconia implants are known for their aesthetic appeal, as they are closer in color to natural teeth. Zirconia is also biocompatible and strong, though it’s a relatively newer material in the field of dental implants.

Both materials are designed to support the long-term success of dental implants, contributing to their functionality, aesthetic, and compatibility with the human body.

Before and After Gallery

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Spotlight on Dr. Arfeen Aslam

Profile of Dr. Arfeen Aslam, award winning Dentist.

Dr. Arfeen Aslam is a distinguished Dentist with a Special Interest in dental implants. His journey began with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Dental Institute at the University of London in 2008. He has since accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise, completing his MFDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2012, and gaining certificates in advanced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry (2013) and comprehensive oral implantology (2015).

Dr. Aslam’s clinical interests lie in full jaw dentistry involving dental implants and minimally invasive veneers, crowns, and onlays, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions for patients with missing or damaged teeth. His dedication to his craft has been recognized with several awards, including finalist positions for Best Single Implant and Best Single Crown at the Aesthetic Awards, as well as being named Winner of Best Young Dentist North West.

Currently, Dr. Aslam places and restores dental implants at the Vallance Dental Practice and takes referrals for implantology, oral surgery, and full mouth rehabilitations at the Parkfield Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Centre. His work is driven by a passion to offer full jaw solutions with dental implants, transforming the lives of those with missing or broken teeth.

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