Dental implants are the current best option for replacement teeth. Whether you need to replace a single tooth, a row of teeth, or a complete arch, dental implants can be an integral part of your restoration.
There are different types of dental implants, and the type that is best for you will depend on your individual case. Consider the following dental implant types to get a better understanding of implant dentistry.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
When you need to replace a single tooth, whether due to severe decay, trauma, or other reasons, a dental implant is the best option. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that fuses with the bone tissue in your jaw to form a secure bond. Once the implant root is fully bonded, an abutment and crown can be attached to the top.
The biggest benefit of a dental implant is that it looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It will also help to preserve the bone density in your jaw, which would otherwise deteriorate with no root in place. If you have one or a few missing teeth that are not next to each other, multiple single tooth implants may be used.
Implant Supported Bridge
If you are missing a few teeth in a row, an implant supported bridge could be the right option for you. A bridge is a row of artificial teeth that are suspended between two crowns. In the case of an implant supported bridge, two dental implants are used to anchor a bridge rather than existing teeth. One benefit to this option is that the cost is lower due to the use of only two implants. You also get the additional benefit of jaw bone preservation from the implants.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be used as anchors for a complete arch denture. A few implants are placed in the jaw that a full arch denture can attach to. Implant supported dentures have many benefits. For one, the implants preserve bone structure that would otherwise be lost once all the teeth are removed for dentures . Another benefit is that implant supported dentures stay in place much better than traditional dentures that attach with suction or adhesives.
All On Four Dentures
Another version of implant supported dentures is referred to as all on four. This means that four implants are placed in each jaw to act as anchors for the denture arch. One benefit of just four implants is that the cost is lower. Patients also like the fact that the all on four procedure can often be done in just one appointment, so there’s no need to wear a temporary denture. And of course there’s still the benefit of support for the bone structure in the jaw.
Mini Dental Implants
When traditional dental implants are not ideal for a patient, mini dental implants are an alternative option. The main difference between mini implants and traditional implants is that the titanium post that is placed in the jaw is smaller in a mini implant. This can be ideal for patients who don’t have thick enough bone to support a full-size implant. Mini implants are also ideal for certain types of teeth, such as incisors, that don’t have as much tooth structure in the crown. Mini implants can usually be completed in just one appointment.
Rosewood Dental Provides All of These Dental Implant Options
If you’re not sure which type of dental implant would work best for you, Rosewood Dental can help. We offer all of the above types of implants so that any one or a combination of these options can be done. Dr. Cooper will evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine what would be the best tooth replacement procedure for you.