Dental implants are now more widely available than ever before, meaning that an increasing number of patients have access to this highly effective and superior solution for replacing missing teeth. Many people are unaware that there are several different types of dental implants, and there may be a specific variety that would be best to suit your individual requirements. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of dental implants and how you can determine which is right for you.
Dental implants have a unique design that sets them apart from other tooth replacement solutions and that is a key factor in their popularity. The main element of this design is the presence of a metal post that is placed into the jawbone. This is a surgical process that involves drilling a hole through the gum tissue and into the bone, placing the post inside, and then waiting for the bone to heal around it to secure it permanently into place. This takes a number of months and is integral to the success of the procedure. Patients will have their gum closed over the implant post while this takes place so that they can continue to use their teeth as normal.
Once the post is secure, a bespoke crown, which acts as an artificial tooth, can be attached to it using a special connector. This is the part of the restoration that you will be able to see and is created to match your existing teeth in terms of shape, size, and color so that it looks completely discreet. This completes your dental implant treatment.
The dental implant technique is being used to provide various different types of solutions. These include the following:
Single tooth implants. These have a single implant post and a single artificial tooth that sit in the gap in your smile. These are the most common and simplest type of dental implant.
Implant-supported bridge. A bridge is recommended when patients have two or three missing teeth. However, rather than a conventional bridge which is secured in place using healthy teeth, an implant-supported bridge sees the device, which is made from bespoke artificial teeth, is secured on two implant posts. This helps to prevent damage from occurring to the healthy natural teeth and gives the device greater stability.
Implant-supported denture. Dentures have long been the go-to solution for patients with most or all of their teeth in the upper or lower arch missing. Traditionally, dentures are secured onto the gum using adhesive. However, this rarely makes them very secure and slips are common. In implant-supported dentures, each full or partial denture is secured onto a number of implant posts, giving the devices far greater stability or security.
If you are thinking about dental implants and would like to talk to us more about the different options available, our expert team would be delighted to schedule a consultation for you so that we can help you to find the perfect solution to restore your smile.