What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
Understanding the Different Types of Dental Implants
Although there are various types of dental implant procedures that we perform at ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, all types of dental implants consist of the same basic components. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a stable permanent base for the replacement of missing teeth, which is composed of three parts:
- Dental implant: Titanium implant placed into the jawbone. The jawbone grows and heals around the implant on average within two-to-four months.
- Abutment: Serves as the connector to the dental prosthesis.
- Prosthesis: natural-looking prosthetic tooth replacement that’s placed onto the abutment(s). This can be a crown to replace a single tooth or a bridge to replace multiple or all missing teeth.
No matter if you’re looking to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full-arch of teeth, all types of dental implants can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Compared to dentures, bridges, and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people suffering from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth, all different types of dental implants are quickly becoming a preferred tooth replacement solution.
Types of Dental Implant Procedures
Fixed Full-Arch Implants
Patients who need to replace a full upper or lower set of teeth may choose fixed full-arch dental implants. Multiple implants are placed into the jaw bone and can restore up to 90% of chewing capacity.
The fixed full-arch prosthesis can be made from zirconia, which is longer lasting and more compatible with the body than other materials. Zirconia is strongest ceramic utilized in dentistry for all types of dental implants and is less likely to chip, break, and stain over time compared to other materials. Additionally, different types of dental implants that utilize zirconia are less prone to plaque and bacteria than other materials, decreasing your risk of gum disease.
If you’re missing a single tooth, it can be replaced using a dental implant. Your new tooth will look and function like your other natural teeth.
Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge
If you’re missing two or more consecutive teeth, implants are placed to support bone retention and help maintain bone density in the affected area. A durable, custom bridge is then created to match the adjacent teeth as close as possible in size, shape, and color.
An overdenture is a removable prosthesis supported by 2-4 dental implants placed into the jaw bone that secure the teeth into place. Compared to dentures without dental implants, overdentures provide increased comfort, stability, and chewing function.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that rely on the tissues in the mouth for support and can restore up to . Generally, upper dentures are better tolerated than lower dentures, which can be less stable.
Although there are many different types of dental implant procedures to choose from, it is important to also consider the cost of doing nothing. Left untreated, failing or missing teeth can lead to bone loss that may impact your candidacy for dental implants in the future. Additionally, shifting teeth may result in the need for extractions or supplemental dental procedures at additional costs. Finally, not attending to periodontal disease can put you at increased risk for illness, including conditions like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
All types of dental implants provide stability in your jaw and create a solid, permanent base to replace missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits compared to other tooth replacement options. Here are some of the key advantages of all different types of dental implants.
- Improved appearance – All types of dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth.
- Enhanced chewing capacity – Dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak with ease.
- Durability and longevity – Implants are a long-lasting solution for tooth loss.
- Preservation of adjacent teeth – Unlike dental bridges, dental implants are self-supporting and do not rely on adjacent teeth for stability.
- Bone preservation – Implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss and facial sagging.
- Enhanced self-confidence – Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or slide so you can spend less time worrying about your smile.
The ClearChoice Way
Just as all types of dental implants have emerged as a preferred choice of permanent teeth replacement, the ClearChoice approach has become a preferred model for dental implant treatment. Your local ClearChoice center is led by a team of highly-specialized prosthodontists and oral & maxillofacial surgeons who have experience identifying and customizing dental treatment solutions. We’re committed to improving the lives of those suffering with failing teeth by providing the best care possible to transform your life in a positive, meaningful way.
- World-Class Patient Care – Individualized treatment plans developed for every patient, never a one-size-fits-all solution.
- Clinically Proven Method – Safe and reliable treatment process backed by 20+ years of research, including adequate healing time.
- Innovative Treatment Process – Centers equipped with advanced technology supporting a process that gives implant patients a better quality of life for years to come.
When it comes to your dental care, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about the different types of dental implants and how treatment can help transform your smile – and your life.