The defining characteristic of dental implants is that they are the supportive, root-like posts are implanted into your jawbone to support replacement teeth. However, there are different types of dental implants treatments. These include single tooth replacements – like zirconia crowns – or full arch replacements like zirconia bridges or snap in dentures.
Moreover, there are different types of dental implants that can be used to support various implant restorations. For instance, there are traditional implants, which are usually 3.3-7mm in width. There are also mini dental implants, which are much smaller and made from fewer parts. This page is here to help you understand the main categories of dental implant treatments and the different types of dental implant posts that dentists and oral surgeons use. Each type of dental implant – both in terms of treatment and size – can bring significant differences to your oral health and quality of life.
Single Tooth Replacement
A single dental implant post can be inserted where the tooth’s root once rested, restoring the stimulation in that area of your jawbone. Then, we can custom-design your crown to mimic the healthy size, shape, and appearance of the lost tooth, and secure the crown to the implant post. Together, a dental implant and crown create a complete and lifelike replica of a healthy, natural tooth and its root.
Replacing a single lost tooth is important for several reasons. It not only restores your smile, but also reduces your risks of experiencing further tooth loss. This makes it one of the most important types of dental implants.
Replacing Multiple Teeth in a Row
If you’ve already lost multiple adjacent teeth, then we may suggest placing multiple dental implant posts to support a custom dental bridge. These types of dental implants are great for restoring an entire arch of teeth, or even several in a row.
A bridge consists of multiple replacement teeth, or pontics, and can be supported by one or several implant posts. How many will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost or need replaced, as well as the overall state of your jaw bone. Like an implant and crown, an implant-supported bridge more accurately resembles the natural root-and-crown structures of your healthy, natural teeth.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Snap in dentures – aka dental implant supported dentures – are a more-affordable alternative to zirconia bridges for replacing an arch of teeth. This type of dental implant treatment is exactly what it sounds like. It is an acrylic denture that is designed to snap on and off of your dental implants. This allows the denture to be properly cleaned and maintained.
At DIP, we offer snap in dentures rather than All on 4 or All on 6. This is because All on 4 and All on 6 typically permanently fix an acrylic prosthetic to your dental implants. Acrylic is more absorbent than zirconia (and significantly less sturdy). This means that an acrylic prosthetic should be removed and cleaned in solution in order to eliminate bacterial buildup between the gums and the replacement teeth. Snap in dentures allow for the replacement teeth to be removed, cleaned, and then snapped back into place without sacrificing the firmness of the fit.
If you’ve lost all of your teeth on your upper or lower dental ridge, then it may seem like preserving your jawbone and smile isn’t as important. However, the loss of your teeth and the degradation of your jawbone structure can continue to have resounding effects on your oral and overall health. Supporting a custom-designed denture on a series of dental implant posts helps you stem these consequences, as well as rebuild your smile, your bite function, your facial appearance, and your overall confidence.
Types of Implant Posts
There are 3 basic categories of dental implants:
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