Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing a revolutionary alternative to bridges and dentures. Implants use small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to the posts, enabling them to provide stable, secure support for your replacement teeth. Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can be used in some different situations. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to determine the best type of dental implants to suit your needs.
Single Tooth ImplantsA single tooth implant is exactly what it sounds like. A single post and a single crown are used to replace a single missing tooth. You can have more than one single tooth implant. The missing teeth can be in different areas of your mouth, or they can even be side by side. No matter where the missing tooth is located, whether it is toward the front of your mouth or hidden from view, it is important that it be replaced.
Multiple Tooth ImplantsA multiple tooth implant is also commonly referred to as an implant supported bridge. This type of implant is used to replace two or more missing teeth in a row, replacing a traditional bridge or partial denture. The number of posts that are needed to support your missing teeth depends on several factors, including how many teeth are being replaced and the condition of your jawbone.
Full Arch ReplacementsA full arch replacement is also called an implant supported denture. This type of implant is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, taking the place of a traditional full denture. This type of dental implant uses 6 to 8 posts to support your entire arch of teeth, whether the teeth are missing from your upper jaw or your lower jaw. Abutments, or connectors, are attached to the ends of the posts and are designed to provide stability for your new teeth. Your final restorations are screwed into place on the implant posts.
Bar Retained ImplantsA bar retained implant, or bar attachment denture is another type of full arch replacement. It is commonly used when your jawbone may not be strong enough to support the necessary number of implants for a regular full arch replacement. This treatment uses only 4 implant posts. After these posts are placed, a titanium bar is attached to them. Your final restorations then clip into place on the bar.
All on 4The All on 4 treatment concept is another alternative to a regular full arch replacement. Again, this type of treatment is used when your jawbone is not strong enough to support the 6 to 8 implant posts normally required to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. The implant posts are strategically inserted into your jawbone to maximize contact with your existing bone mass, avoiding the need for a bone graft. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw while the other two posts are placed at a 45-degree angle at the back of the jaw. Your final restorations are screwed into place much like a regular full arch replacement.
Mini ImplantsMini dental implants are a type of dental implant with a much smaller diameter than regular implants. They are often used when you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw although they can also be used to replace teeth in narrow spaces or teeth that are small. Mini implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Rather than a post and abutment, the post has a ball at the end, and your teeth are secured into place with a socket and an elastic O-ring.
Whether you are missing one tooth are many, dental implants can provide you with an incredible long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.